Gerontological and geriatric population stiidies in GoLeborg, Sweden.
Oral complaints and utilization of dental services in relation to general health factors in a 88-year-old Swedish population*
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 81–88, December 1995
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Lundgren, M., Österberg, T., Emilson, G. and Steen, B. (1995), Oral complaints and utilization of dental services in relation to general health factors in a 88-year-old Swedish population. Gerodontology, 12: 81–88. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.1995.tb00135.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
- oral complaints;
- oral health service
The aim of this study was to describe dental state, oral health problems, self-assessed ability to perform oral hygiene and utilization of oral health services in a sample of 88-year-old people (n=374) and to relate these variables to functional ability, subjective health and drug consumption. The intention was also to Identify barriers to utilization of dental care in non-institutionalized elderly people. The results of interviews showed that 46% of the subjects were dentate. Oral complaints were reported by 24% of the home living individuals. Poor health, medication and feelings of loneliness were factors associated with oral discomfort. Difficulties in performing oral hygiene activities were reported by 10% of the subjects and were correlated with functional impairments and feelings of loneliness. Utilization of dental services was correlated with dental state; 72% of the dentate and 8% of the edentulous subjects made regular dental visits. The main reason for not visiting a dentist was “no perceived need”. Independent of dental state, some factors were significantly correlated to low demand for dental services; these included feelings of loneliness, functional impairments and low school education.