Patterns of oral health by age of patients included:

  • higher levels of edentulism, caries experience, and periodontal pockets among older adults
  • higher  numbers  of  decayed  teeth,  but  a  higher percentage of periodontal health, among younger age groups.

For emergency compared to non-emergency courses of care there were:

  • higher numbers of decayed teeth
  • a greater percentage of periodontal pockets.

At rural compared to urban locations there were:

  • higher levels of edentulism and missing teeth, but better periodontal health among the dentate
  • higher levels of DMFT in young and middle-aged adults.