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Type: Report
Title: Age and the cost of dental care
Author: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Harford, J.E.
Publisher: Australia Institute of Health and Welfare
Publisher Place: Canberra
Issue Date: 2010
Series/Report no.: Research Report; 48
ISBN: 9781742490748
ISSN: 1445-775X
Assignee: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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Abstract: • The cost of dental care in Australia in 2005 varied across age groups, with costs increasing with age but then declining in the oldest age group. This pattern was the result of the interaction between cost per visit and number of visits per year in each age group. • Age, dentate status and number of remaining teeth in the dentate population all appear to contribute to frequency of visiting and services received at a visit. • Edentulism increases, and tooth numbers decline, by age. However, the number of teeth is not associated with the number of visits in the older age groups, and there are no clear differences in visiting patterns between age groups for people with a given number of teeth. • There were no differences in the number of services received at a visit by each age group and only the number of prosthodontic services increased with age. • Both mean cost per dental visit and mean annual cost of dental care initially increase with age, peaking in the 65–74 years age group, then decrease in the 75+ years age group.
Description: Cat. no. DEN 203
Rights: © Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2010. This product, excluding the AIHW logo, Commonwealth Coat of Arms and any material owned by a third party or protected by a trademark, has been released under a Creative Commons BY 3.0 (CC BY 3.0) licence. Excluded material owned by third parties may include, for example, design and layout, images obtained under licence from third parties and signatures. We have made all reasonable efforts to identify and label material owned by third parties.
RMID: 0030057885
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