Information Services Division (ISD) has today published information on the Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey (SAOHS) . The report provides statistics for the combined 2016 and 2018 SAHOS surveys. Data was collected by 126 dentists for a total of 3,114 patients aged 45 years and over.
- This project has shown that collecting survey data in relation to the oral health and behaviour of patients aged 45 years and over as part of a primary dental care examination is feasible.
- In this survey of 3,114 patients, 96% of adults aged 45 years and over who attended primary dental care for an examination had at least one natural tooth.
- Two-thirds (67%) of those with at least one natural tooth had a functional dentition (>= 21 teeth), that is defined as having enough teeth for general oral function.
- Older patients and those living in the more deprived areas of Scotland were less likely to have a functional dentition.
- This survey will be used to inform the future collection of adult oral health data in Scotland.
Both reports and additional data tables are available on the ISD website