Oral health status of the institutionalized elderly in Mangalore, India.

A. Rao, P. Sequeira, S. Peter, A. Rajeev

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This study was carried out among 287 institutionalized elderly aged 60 years and above residing in Mangalore. The oral health status was assessed using the modified Oral Health Assessment Form. The most frequently observed periodontal condition was shallow pockets seen in 32.29% of the dentate subjects. None of the subjects were found to have a completely healthy periodontium. The dental caries prevalence was found to be 77.6%. The mean DFT of the dentate subjects was 3.64 with the mean DT and FT being 3.58 and 0.06 respectively. The mean DFT was found to increase with advancing age. Findings also suggest that edentulousness is directly proportional to the period of stay in the old age home and inversely proportional to the mobility of the individual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalIndian journal of dental research : official publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Dentistry


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