Journal article

Prevalence of root caries among ambulant older adults living in central Chile

Rodrigo J Marino, Chiang S Fu, Rodrigo A Giacaman

Gerodontology | WILEY | Published : 2015


OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of root caries and the treatment needs in an ambulant population of older adults, living in the Maule Region, Chile. BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN: The source of primary data was the Regional Oral Health Survey. A random sample of 438 older adults, aged 65-74 years, living independently in the community was orally examined, and underwent an oral health interview. RESULTS: This was a largely dentate population (74.9%). Dentate participants had 70.4% of their root surfaces with recession. Those with exposed root surfaces had an average of 29.8 root surfaces exposed. The root caries index (RCI) was 8.23%, and a mean of 0.21 and 0.55 root surfaces filled and decayed, ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a grant received from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and Internal research grant from the University of Talca, Chile. The authors would like to acknowledge the cooperation received from the students of the School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Talca, Chile, and the participants in the study.