Socioeconomic Inequalities in Oral Health among Middle-Aged and Elderly Japanese

NIPPON DATA2010

Keiko Murakami, Takayoshi Ohkubo, Mieko Nakamura, Toshiharu Ninomiya, Toshiyuki Ojima, Kayoko Shirai, Tomomi Nagahata, Aya Kadota, Nagako Okuda, Nobuo Nishi, Tomonori Okamura, Hirotsugu Ueshima, Akira Okayama, Katsuyuki Miura

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Most studies on socioeconomic inequalities in oral health have not considered the effects of behavioral and biological factors and age differences. Furthermore, the nationwide status of inequalities remains unclear in Japan.

METHODS: We analyzed data from 2,089 residents aged ≥40 years throughout Japan. The lowest quartile of the number of remaining teeth for each 10-year age category was defined as poor oral health. Behavioral and biological factors included smoking status, obesity, diabetes mellitus, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and the use of dental devices. Multiple logistic regression analyses were conducted to examine the associations of educational attainment and equivalent household expenditure (EHE) with oral health, and stratified analyses by age category were also conducted (40-64 years and ≥65 years).

RESULTS: Lower education and lower EHE were significantly associated with an increased risk of poor oral health after adjusting for age, sex, employment status, marital and living statuses, and EHE/education; the odds ratio for junior high school education compared with ≥college education was 1.84 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.36-2.49), and the odds ratio of the lowest compared with the highest EHE quartile was 1.91 (95% CI, 1.43-2.56). Further adjustments for behavioral and biological factors attenuated but did not eliminate these associations. EHE was significantly associated with oral health among elderly adults only, with a significant interaction by age category.

CONCLUSIONS: Those with a lower education and those with lower EHE had a significantly higher risk of poor oral health, even after adjustments for behavioral and biological factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S59-S65
JournalJournal of Epidemiology
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

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Oral Health
Health Expenditures
Biological Factors
Education
Tooth
Japan
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Marital Status
C-Reactive Protein
Diabetes Mellitus
Obesity
Logistic Models
Smoking
Regression Analysis
Equipment and Supplies

Keywords

  • Japan
  • oral health
  • socioeconomic status

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  • Epidemiology

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Murakami, K., Ohkubo, T., Nakamura, M., Ninomiya, T., Ojima, T., Shirai, K., ... Miura, K. (2018). Socioeconomic Inequalities in Oral Health among Middle-Aged and Elderly Japanese: NIPPON DATA2010. Journal of Epidemiology, 28, S59-S65. https://doi.org/10.2188/jea.JE20170247

Socioeconomic Inequalities in Oral Health among Middle-Aged and Elderly Japanese : NIPPON DATA2010. / Murakami, Keiko; Ohkubo, Takayoshi; Nakamura, Mieko; Ninomiya, Toshiharu; Ojima, Toshiyuki; Shirai, Kayoko; Nagahata, Tomomi; Kadota, Aya; Okuda, Nagako; Nishi, Nobuo; Okamura, Tomonori; Ueshima, Hirotsugu; Okayama, Akira; Miura, Katsuyuki.

In: Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 28, 01.01.2018, p. S59-S65.

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Murakami, K, Ohkubo, T, Nakamura, M, Ninomiya, T, Ojima, T, Shirai, K, Nagahata, T, Kadota, A, Okuda, N, Nishi, N, Okamura, T, Ueshima, H, Okayama, A & Miura, K 2018, 'Socioeconomic Inequalities in Oral Health among Middle-Aged and Elderly Japanese: NIPPON DATA2010', Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 28, pp. S59-S65. https://doi.org/10.2188/jea.JE20170247
Murakami, Keiko ; Ohkubo, Takayoshi ; Nakamura, Mieko ; Ninomiya, Toshiharu ; Ojima, Toshiyuki ; Shirai, Kayoko ; Nagahata, Tomomi ; Kadota, Aya ; Okuda, Nagako ; Nishi, Nobuo ; Okamura, Tomonori ; Ueshima, Hirotsugu ; Okayama, Akira ; Miura, Katsuyuki. / Socioeconomic Inequalities in Oral Health among Middle-Aged and Elderly Japanese : NIPPON DATA2010. In: Journal of Epidemiology. 2018 ; Vol. 28. pp. S59-S65.
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