Factors related to unmet oral health needs in older adults living in Chile
Rodrigo Marino, Rodrigo A Giacaman
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2014
To assess the oral health status and treatment needs of an ambulant population of older adults, living in the Maule Region, Chile, and provide descriptive information on its distribution by selected socio-demographic characteristics. The source of primary data was the Regional Oral Health Survey. A stratified random sample of 438 older adults, aged 65-74 years, living independently in the community was orally examined, and underwent an oral health interview. The sample was largely a dentate one (74.9%); with a mean DMFT score of 25.7 (s.d. 6.5) and an average number of missing teeth of 22.4 (s.d. 5.8). Dentate participants had 41% of their restorative care needs unmet, and 68.4% needed oral ..View full abstract
The study was funded by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and an Internal research grant from the University of Talca, Chile.