Denture wearing by individuals among the older segment of European populations

Int J Prosthodont. Jan-Feb 2012;25(1):15-20.


Purpose: The aim of this study was to describe differences in denture wearing by individuals among the older segment of different European populations.

Materials and methods: Data from the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe was used to estimate a series of multivariate logistic regression models to analyze differences in self-reported denture wearing by individuals older than 50 years of age from 14 European countries (P < .05).

Results: Comparably high population proportions with dentures prevail in Austria, Ireland, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany. Median levels are observed in Czechia and Spain. Relatively low levels of denture wearing are reported from elderly residents in Sweden, Greece, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, and France.

Conclusion: There are considerable differences in denture wearing by individuals from the older segment across various European populations. Future research is encouraged to detect the precise causes of such variations in prosthetic care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dentures / statistics & numerical data*
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Income / statistics & numerical data
  • Insurance, Dental / statistics & numerical data
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Mastication / physiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Oral Health
  • Self Report
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Class
  • Surveys and Questionnaires