Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
GOMES, Andréa Silveira and ABEGG, Claides. The impact of oral health on daily performance of municipal waste disposal workers in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.23, n.7, pp. 1707-1714. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2007000700023.
This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of oral health impact on daily performance in Brazilian adults. 276 civil servants 35 to 44 years of age from the Public Works and Waste Disposal Department of Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil, were interviewed and clinically examined. Oral Impacts on Daily Performance (OIDP) was used to evaluate the impact of oral health status on daily performance. 73.6% of all subjects had at least one daily performance affected by an oral impact in the previous six months. The most commonly affected performance was eating (48.6%), while the most common symptoms were discomfort (40.6%) and dissatisfaction with one's appearance (31.5%). Missing teeth (21.7%) and toothache (20.7%) were recognized as the main causes of oral impacts on daily performance. OIDP was useful for measuring (physically, psychologically, and socially) the oral impacts on daily performance.
Keywords : Oral Health; Quality of Life; Indicators; Health Surveys.