alexa Dental treatment needs and demands of an elderly population in England.


Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research

Author(s): Smith JM, Sheiham A

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Abstract A sociodental investigation was conducted among 254 elderly people living at home in Nottingham. A clinical assessment was made of the subjects' dental treatment needs and this was compared with the subjects' felt and expressed needs. Seventy-eight percent of the sample were clinically judged as needing dental treatment, mainly some form of prosthetic treatment. There was, however, a wide discrepancy between the normative and perceived needs of this elderly population. Only 42\% of those who were clinically assessed as needing treatment felt that they required it and only 19\% had actually tried to obtain it. Many of the elderly mentioned a number of barriers to obtaining dental care; these included the cost of treatment, fear of the dentist, immobility and the feeling that they should not "bother" the dentist
This article was published in Community Dent Oral Epidemiol and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research

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