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Title: Dental state and needs for episodic care of institutionalized elderly in an Asian community
Authors: Soh, G.
Chong, Y.H. 
Ong, G.
Keywords: dental care
institutionalized elderly
oral health
Issue Date: Feb-1992
Citation: Soh, G.,Chong, Y.H.,Ong, G. (1992-02). Dental state and needs for episodic care of institutionalized elderly in an Asian community. Social Science and Medicine 34 (4) : 415-418. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study examined the dental state of institutionalized elderly and their need for care. An oral examination was carried out on 479 elderly persons living in long-term care facilities with a mean age of 74.9 years. Results showed an overall DMF score of 27.0 and the average number of teeth in dentate subjects was 7.5. A large proportion of teeth (76.6%) was lost through dental caries and the loss increased significantly with age. Consequently, 56.1% of subjects were edentulous, of whom 78.8% were without dentures. Among the conditions that required urgent dental care, majority of subjects needed extractions of residual roots and loose teeth. A lesser proportion required treatment for gross caries (4.8%), periodontal disease (5.0%), suspected tumor (0.2%), as well as alleviation of pain and infection arising from mucosal lesions (4.8%), abscesses (3.3%) and TMJ problems (2.8%). The treatment needs for dentures and episodic care are high among institutionalized elderly and need to be addressed. © 1992.
Source Title: Social Science and Medicine
ISSN: 02779536
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