Oral Health: Is It Better on This Side of the Pond?

Synopsis: Researchers have compared dental health records for England and the U.S., and the results don’t make for pretty reading for those who like to perpetuate time worn clichés. In a sample containing 8719 English, and 9786 U.S. adults aged >25, the mean number of missing teeth for England was 6.97, while for the U.S. the number was 7.31. Income oral health inequalities in the U.S. were also greater than in England. Relative index of inequality (RII) estimates for self-rated oral health by education were 3.67 in the U.S. and 1.83 in England.

Conclusion: The authors conclude that oral health in the U.S. is no better than in England. People in the lowest socioeconomic position had better oral health in England, while those with greater education and income were better in the U.S., proving that the U.S. has wider oral health inequalities than in England.