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Volume 20 , Issue 6
November/December 2007

Pages 643–645

Short Communication: A 10-Year Longitudinal Study of Self-Assessed Chewing Ability and Dental Status in 50-Year-Old Subjects

Anders Johansson, LDS, Odont Dr/Lennart Unell, LDS, Odont Dr/Ann-Katrin Johansson, LDS, Odont Dr/ Gunnar E. Carlsson, LDS, Odont Dr

PMID: 18069376

Chewing ability and dental status were assessed in 2 Swedish counties via questionnaires sent in 1992 and 2002 to all subjects born in 1942. Those who answered both questionnaires—at ages 50 and 60—were included in the study (n = 5,008). The proportion of those who reported chewing ability as very good decreased from 75% to 66% during the 10-year follow-up. Approximately 80% of complete denture wearers considered their chewing ability to be good. Chewing ability was reported to be worse at age 60 than at age 50, although there was only a minor impairment in dental status. Int J Prosthodont 2007;20:643–645.

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