The strong relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and oral health parallels similar relationships between socioeconomic status and a wide variety of chronic health conditions with common risk factor. However little research has attempted to explain this phenomenon. This study will draw together a comprehensive range of social factors impacting on people’s daily lives to develop an evidence-based explanation for the SES-based differences in oral health. Because most Australian adults have experienced dental disease or disorder, oral health is uniquely suited in social survey for explaining wider health inequalities and as a platform from which to subsequently develop effective interventions.
Principle Investigators: Sanders A, Spencer AJ.
Supported: ADRF (2002-2003), University of Adelaide Small Grants Scheme (2002-2003)