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Dental care for institutionalized geriatric patients in Germany.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9467993     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This investigation determined the level of dental care for institutionalized geriatric patients residing in nursing home facilities. A total of 364 patients from nine different geriatric care units within the city of Berlin were involved in this study. On average the patients were 84.9 years old. Women represented 87.3% of the patients. A standardized questionnaire and a clinical examination of the mouth were utilized to assess patient satisfaction with geriatric care, their general medical status and their oral health status. The results demonstrated that patients in geriatric care did not undergo routine dental check-ups. Oral hygiene was sufficient in only 12.6% of the patients, and prosthesis hygiene in 45% of the cases. Only 37.6 of the dentures exhibited sufficient retention and stability. In 80% of the patients dental treatment was necessary. Recommendations for improvement of dental care delivery to institutionalized geriatric patients are given. It has to be concluded that dental management of institutionalized geriatric patients is an essential yet presently underfulfilled service.
C Knabe; P Kram
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of oral rehabilitation     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0305-182X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Oral Rehabil     Publication Date:  1997 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-03-24     Completed Date:  1998-03-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0433604     Medline TA:  J Oral Rehabil     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  909-12     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Prosthetic Dentistry II, University Hospital Benjamin Franklin, Free University Berlin, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Alveolar Bone Loss / diagnosis
Dental Care for Aged*
Denture Retention
Geriatric Assessment
Health Services Accessibility
Health Services Needs and Demand
Health Status
Middle Aged
Mouth Diseases / diagnosis
Nursing Homes*
Oral Health
Oral Hygiene
Patient Satisfaction
Physical Examination
Sex Factors

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