Author(s): Uludamar A, Evren BA, Ieri U, zkan YK
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Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate dental/denture status of the elderly people living in different residential homes. In 346 elderly people from different residential homes two belonging to the state (Group 1 and Group 2) and one supported by private foundations (Group 3) were examined. Sixty percent of participants were edentulous and 22.8\% of participants had no complete dentures which 9 (7.4\%) of them were in Groups 1 and 2. Over 50\% of the participants had no or low income and 45\% of participants were illiterate. All of the participants who were illiterate and had low income were in Group 1 and Group 2. Oral hygiene was good for 15.4\% and only 19.4\% of participants removed their dentures overnight. Denture stomatitis was observed in 61.7\% of subjects. Significant correlation was found between denture hygiene and age of participant, general health status, denture stomatitis, and overnight denture wear (p=0.001). The decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) scores were 25.52±3.37. There was statistically significant differences between groups for DMFT scores (p=0.016). Dental health education is also needed focusing on the special needs of this neglected and socioeconomically deprived population to improve their quality of life. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Arch Gerontol Geriatr
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals