This report and tables provide the results of people aged 65 years and older with mild dependency living in ‘extra care’ housing. This is the first oral health survey of this population group. The method was implemented as a pilot, therefore there is no directly comparable data to show trends.
Some results of the oral health survey of mildly dependent older people:
- 59% were able to attend a general dental practice with no restrictions
- 35% could only receive dental treatment in a downstairs surgery or one accessed by a lift
- 42% had a functional dentition as they had 21 or more natural teeth
- 27% had none of their own teeth and 1.2% had no natural teeth and no artificial replacements
The adult dental health survey 2009 has been used to give broad comparators and there is general consistency in the findings across the 2 surveys.