Oral health and subjective psychological well-being among South African adults : findings from a national household survey

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dc.contributor.author Ayo-Yusuf, Olalekan A.
dc.contributor.author Motloba, P.
dc.contributor.author Ayo-Yusuf, Imade J.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-08T10:57:48Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-08T10:57:48Z
dc.date.issued 2015-11
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE : To determine the association between oral health and socioeconomic status with subjective psychological well-being. METHODS : An interviewer-administered questionnaire was conducted during 2011 on a nationally representative sample of South African adults >16 years (n=2,971) who reported on socio-demographic data, past dental visit patterns, number of remaining teeth and oral and general health status. Subjective well-being was computed as the sum of scores obtained from participants' estimates of level of happiness (scale 0-6) and rating of level of satisfaction with life (scale 0-4). Analyses included t-tests and multivariable-adjusted Poisson regression. RESULTS : The average score on a scale of 0-10 for subjective well-being was 6.31 (95%CI=6.17-6.44), which decreased with age, but increased with level of education and frequency of dental visits. Even after controlling for socioeconomic status, those who rated their oral health as good were more likely to report a higher subjective well-being (Prevalence Rate ratio (PRR) =1.14; 95% CI=1.03-1.27). Those who reported visiting a dentist at least every 6 months reported higher subjective well-being (PRR=1.10; 1.04-1.16. CONCLUSIONS : Good oral health is independently associated with greater subjective well-being. This highlights the need to prioritise oral health promotion as an integral part of promoting general health and improving the quality of life of South Africans. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.sada.co.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Ayo-Yusuf, OA, Motloba, P & Ayo-Yusuf, IJ 2015, 'Oral health and subjective psychological well-being among South African adults : findings from a national household survey', South African Dental Journal, vol. 70, no. 10, pp. 436-441. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1029-4864
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/51725
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher South African Dental Association en_ZA
dc.rights South African Dental Association en_ZA
dc.subject Oral health en_ZA
dc.subject Psychological well-being en_ZA
dc.subject Adults en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Socioeconomic status en_ZA
dc.title Oral health and subjective psychological well-being among South African adults : findings from a national household survey en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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