Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
On-line version ISSN 1680-5348
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
SILVA, Silvio Rocha Corrêa da and VALSECKI JUNIOR, Aylton. Assessment of oral health in an elderly Brazilian population. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2000, vol.8, n.4, pp.268-271. ISSN 1680-5348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892000000900006.
This study assessed the oral health of individuals 60 years or older in the city of Araraquara, São Paulo, Brazil, in 1998. Of the 194 people who participated in the study, 91 of them were institutionalized and had an average age of 73.6 years, and 103 were not institutionalized and had an average age of 69.3 years. The study participants were examined by a previously trained oral surgeon who determined the prevalence of the most common oral health problems. The results revealed a large number of edentulous individuals (72% of those institutionalized and 60% of the noninstitution-alized participants) and many persons with extracted teeth (93% and 90%, respectively), as well as a high frequency of periodontal pockets (57% and 75%, respectively) and of inadequate dentures (80% and 61%, respectively). Our results show reduced quality of life for a large proportion of these older individuals, and also indicate that public health services should pay greater attention to this population group.