The association between demographic and oral health-related quality of life factors and dental care attendance among underprivileged older people

Avi Zini, Yuval Vered*, Harold D. Sgan-Cohen

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Abstract

Aim: In order to identify whether demographic and oral health-related quality of life factors are associated with dental care attendance among an underprivileged older population, a comparison was performed between people who have and have not attended dental care. Methods: A cross-sectional purposive sample of 344 older underprivileged people comprised the study population. The dependent variable was dental care attendance. The 14-item version of the Oral Health Impact Profile index (OHIP-14) was used as the independent variable, together with other social and general variables, using a structured interview. Results: The variables that were significantly associated with dental care attendance were family status (not married, the highest attendance), dwelling location (living at home, the highest attendance), caregiver (family member, the highest attendance), place of birth (Western countries, the highest attendance) and income (pension, the highest attendance). Sex, welfare support, functional ability, education, age and OHIP-14 were not associated with dental care attendance. Conclusions: Attending dental care was not associated with oral health-related quality of life measured by OHIP-14. Several socioeconomic variables were strongly associated.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)70-76
Number of pages7
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Care
  • Dentistry
  • Older people
  • Oral health-related quality of life
  • Underprivileged

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