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Objective and subjective oral health care needs among adults with various disabilities.
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PMID:  23192286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: The present study explored the objective and subjective oral health care needs and the association between both among Belgian adults with disabilities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A two-stage sampling methodology was used to select a sample of adults (22-65 years old) with disabilities, from various types of residential settings, day care centers, and sheltered workplaces and spread over the ten provinces. Oral screenings were performed by 28 trained dentists; subjective oral health care needs were collected through questionnaires. RESULTS: Seven hundred seven adults with disabilities were recruited; from 656 (93 %), permission was obtained for an oral examination. In 467 (78 %) and 407 (68 %) participants, dental plaque and calculus, respectively, were observed. In 343 (56 %) participants, untreated caries lesions (into dentine) were recorded; 203 (33 %) participants had 20 or less teeth. The prosthetic replacement of missing teeth was poor. Exactly 228 (40 %) participants stated that they had a problem in the oral region, and 264 (48 %) indicated that they were in need of an appointment with a dentist. Barriers to consult a dentist were reported by 244 (42 %); fear (n = 87; 37 %), followed by financial and transportation problems (both, n = 68; 29 %), was the most frequently reported barrier. CONCLUSIONS: The preventive as well as curative oral care needs in Belgian adults with various forms of disabilities are very high. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Efforts to tackle these vast oral health care needs should take into account the differences in needs and demands between subgroups and should comprise the improvement of access to proper care.
Roos Leroy; Dominique Declerck
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical oral investigations     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1436-3771     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Oral Investig     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9707115     Medline TA:  Clin Oral Investig     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Oral Health Sciences, Oral Health Research Unit, KU Leuven, Kapucijnenvoer 7 blok a bus 7001, 3000, Leuven, Belgium,
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