Changes in reported orofacial symptoms over a ten-year period as reflected in two cohorts of fifty-year-old subjects

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Changes in reported orofacial symptoms over a ten-year period as reflected in two cohorts of fifty-year-old subjects
Author(s) Unell, Lennart ; Johansson, Anders ; Carlsson, Gunnar E ; Halling, Arne ; Söderfeldt, Björn
Date 2006
English abstract
Objective. The study presents changes in reported orofacial symptoms over the course of a 10-year period. It was hypothesized that there was an increase of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and orofacial pain symptoms during the period concurrent with social and demographic changes. Material and Methods. All 50-year-old subjects living in two Swedish counties were asked to answer a mail questionnaire in 1992 and 2002. In the two cohorts, 6,343 and 5,798, respectively, responded (response rate 71.3% and 70.2%). Results. Striking differences in demographic, occupational, general, and oral health conditions were found. General health was reported to be less good, utilization of dental care decreased, whereas number of teeth increased. The prevalence of a number of intra-oral symptoms and orofacial symptoms increased significantly between 1992 and 2002. Reported bruxism increased from 18% in 1992 to 28% in 2002. Conclusion. The observed increase in reported orofacial pain symptoms during the 10-year period, concurrent with changes in society, deserves further attention by society and the dental community.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00016350500520276 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
Volume 64
ISSN 0001-6357
Pages 202-208
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) bruxism
epidemialogy
orofacial pain
questionnaire
temporomandibular disorders
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/3508 (link to this page)

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