West Midlands Care Home Dental Survey 2011: part 2. Results of clinical survey of care home residents

M Tomson, F Watson, K Taylor-Weetman, Alexander Morris, K I Wilson

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AIM: To determine the oral health status of a sample of care home residents and provide data to inform local needs assessments and commissioning decisions.

METHODS: A stratified sampling methodology was used to sample care homes; residents were then selected at random and invited to participate. The survey consisted of a short questionnaire and a clinical examination; it attempted to capture data relating to current oral health status, treatment need and suitability for treatment.

RESULTS: Of 1761 residents sampled, 848 residents (mean age: 80 years) were competent to and consented to participate in the survey. Of those who consented to a clinical examination, 56% were dentate and 43.6% edentate. Among dentate residents, there was a caries prevalence of 55.8%. Just over half of examined residents (52.7%) were thought to be in need of dental treatment, and potentially suitable to receive treatment.

CONCLUSION: These findings document the current state of oral health of a sample of care home residents in the West Midlands and provide valuable data to help inform strategic commissioning decisions. The particular oral health needs of this population group must be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-353
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2015


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Dental Care for Aged
  • Dental Health Surveys
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Home Care Services
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Needs Assessment
  • Oral Health
  • Prevalence
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tooth Diseases
  • United Kingdom
  • Young Adult
  • Journal Article


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