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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 17  |  Page : 26-29

A study of dental status, dental needs and denture treatment needs among elderly people residing in institutions /old age homes in Bangalore city


1 Public Health Dentistry, Navodhaya Dental College, Raichur, Bangalore, India
2 Government Dental College & Research Institute, Fort Bangalore - 560002, India

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Aim: To study the dental status, dental needs and denture treatment needs of elderly people in old age homes of Bangalore city. Introduction: The need to study the aged has become important and urgent because every year the demographic figures of the aged are increasing due to improved health status and medi-care facilities for all, social and economic development. Hence the study was conducted to know the dental status, dental needs and denture treatment needs of elderly people in old age homes of Bangalore city. Material and Methods: The study was conducted from November 1997 to June 1998,infonnation based on oral examinations and interviews obtained from 452 residents in 33 of 43 existing home for elderly (old age homesfmstitutions) in Bangalore city. Oral examination was done using WHO oral health assessment form (1986). For statistical comparison between elderly people t-testiZ-test was used. Results: The mean age of study population was found to be 72.13 yrs ( ± 16.89). The mean age of males (73.94 ± 13.19) was higher than of females (71.50 ± 18.40). Mean number of decayed teeth (DT) in dentate persons was found to be 3.2, 2.6, 2.7 and 2.7 in below 64, 65-74, 75-84 and above 85yrs age groups respectively. Conclusion: The responsibility lies on the youth to appreciate the inability of the aged to move with the time. All they need is care, if this could be met then old age will not be regret as one often perceives, rather it could well be a perfection of life.


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