In the Netherlands, no epidemiologic data on the oral health of cultural groups of children and adolescents living in deprived areas are available. The aim of the present study was to obtain an impression of the amount of caries experience among poorly educated groups of youngsters in deprived areas, in comparison with a reference group of poorly educated youngsters from the cities of Alphen aan den Rijn, Gouda, ’s-Hertogenbosch and Breda. 725 Poorly educated respondents participated in a clinical and sociological study. The reference group had the lowest caries experience and the youngsters living in deprived areas with a non-Dutch cultural affiliation had the largest amount of caries experience. The latter group had more untreated caries and in 20-year-olds, a relatively large number of teeth had been extracted. Despite the low numbers, the difference in average DMFS scores among 14- and 20-year-olds were statistically significant. In the Netherlands a cultural dichotomy in oral health appears to exist, independent of level of education, in which youngsters with a non-Dutch cultural background are at a disadvantage.
C.M.H.H. van Houtem
C.P.F. van Kempen
|Rubriek||Onderzoek en wetenschap|
|Publicatiedatum||5 mei 2017|
|Editie||Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 124 - editie 5 - mei 2017; 273-278|