Oral health and treatment needs in a non‐institutionalized elderly population: Experience of a dental school associated geriatric clinic

David Moskona, Ilana Kaplan

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to report oral and dental findings in a population of independent geriatric patients, who were treated at the Geriatric Dental Clinic, School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University. The study group consisted of 221 patients, 31.2% males and 68.8% females. The mean age was 75.3 years. Of the patients, 75% were edentulous. The most frequent complaint was pain associated with wear of dentures, and the most frequent mucosal lesion was traumatic ulcer (51%). Most dentures were of poor quality (77%). The mean denture age was 9.7 years, increasing as the patient's age increased. Denture hygiene was good in 59%, fair in 11% and poor in 30%. The mean number of visits at the Geriatric Clinic was 5.5 per patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-98
Number of pages4
JournalGerodontology
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1995

Keywords

  • Oral health
  • non‐institutionalized elderly population
  • treatment needs

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