Windsor-Essex Health Unit Survey Finds Adults’ Oral Health Worse Than Children

The declining oral health recently detected in local children is even worse among adults, said Nicole Dupuis, director of health promotion for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Dupuis said that’s the conclusion from the analysis of data collected in a survey of 1,600 adults between January and March of this year. The complete report will be released in the coming weeks.

“With adults, they’ve had their teeth longer so there’s more time for problems to develop,” said Dupuis, who gave a sneak preview of the survey’s finding at a conference called A Tale of Two Countries: Access to Oral Healthcare in Canada and the U.S,  held Friday at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

“More importantly, those with lower incomes are doing significantly worse.”

Those with household incomes under $50,000, are 30- to 50-per-cent more likely to experience untreated dental needs. Those without dental insurance are 17 times more likely to have unmet dental needs or dental emergencies.

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