Predictors and correlates of endentulism in healthy older people

J. M. Starr, R. J. Hall

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Edentulism rates vary markedly between countries and between urban and rural settings within countries. Rates are generally falling over time, but this reduction largely reflects a cohort effect on tooth loss in childhood and young adulthood. Socioeconomic factors, along with accompanying lifestyles and health behaviours; remain strong predictors of edentulism, many of these factors relate to peak prior intelligence. Immunological mechanisms of tooth loss are becoming elucidated. Edentulism, itself, predicts mortality and correlates with a wide range of health outcomes, but these, in turn, also correlate with predictors of tooth loss such as peak prior intelligence. Edentulism correlates separately from these lifelong traits with measures of self-esteem and quality of life.


Edentulism is important as a correlate of self-esteem and quality of life in older adults. It is also a useful marker of socioeconomic status earlier in life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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