Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
SALIBA, Nemre Adas; MOIMAZ, Suzely Adas Saliba; SALIBA, Orlando and TIANO, Ana Valéria Pagliari. Dental loss in a rural population and the goals established for the World Health Organization. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, suppl.1, pp.1857-1864. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000700099.
This study aimed to report the dental loss in a rural population, evaluating the contribution of socioeconomic and behavioral variables and comparing the results with the goals of the World Health Organization (WHO) for 2000 and 2010. A total of 473 residents had been examined using the methodology, codes and criteria according to WHO guidelines. The results were processed using the Epibuco program and the chi-square test (p<0.05) were used to compare the number of teeth lost with the variables studied. From the total of people examined, 17.8% were total edentulous as well as 8% and 50.9% of the examined of the age groups of 35 to 44 and 65 to 74 years-old, respectively. Initiating precociously in his population, the dental loss advanced considerably with the age, being the situation much distant of the goals established by WHO for 2010. Chi-square test revealed statistically significant differences among the number of teeth lost by the interviewed with 35 years-old or more in relation to education level, housing and self-perception of the speak quality. The development of oral health attention programs becomes necessary, in order to reduce the actual damages and to prevent the continuity of this trend of mutilation.
Keywords : Oral health; Epidemiology; Tooth loss; Rural population.