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Profile of the oral health among ambulant older Greek and Italian migrants living in Melbourne

R Marino, H Calache, C Wright, M Morgan, M Schofield, V Minichiello



BACKGROUND: Over the last 50 years an increasing number of migrants have settled in Australia. These immigrants now constitute a large proportion of the Australian population, and some research suggests that they may be at high-risk for oral diseases. METHODS: This paper presents data on the oral health status of a convenience sample of 721 ambulant Greek- (n = 367) and Italian-born (n = 354) adults aged 55 years or older. The volunteer participants were recruited through ethnic social clubs located in Melbourne, Australia. RESULTS: The sample was largely a dentate one (83.6 per cent); with a mean DMFS score of 67.5 (s.d. 37.4). Dentate participants had 13 per cent of their restorative care ..

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