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Ann Acad Med Stetin, 2006; 52, 2, 89-97

BARBARA STAWSKA

 

GERIATRIC DENTISTRY: DENTAL NEEDS, PROBLEMS, AND EXPECTATIONS OF RESIDENTS OF CARE HOMES

Studium Doktoranckie Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej

Zakład Protetyki Stomatologicznej Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej

al. Powstańców Wlkp. 72, 70-111 Szczecin

Kierownik: dr hab. n. med., prof. PAM Bogumiła Frączak

 

Summary

Purpose: Elderly people deserve respect and the right to receive appropriate medical assistance. This work was undertaken to determine the stomatognathic status of residents of Care Homes, condition of their dental prostheses, their main dental problems, expectations and needs, with emphasis on aspects of prosthetic treatment and psychosocial status.

Material and methods: Altogether, 135 residents of the Care Homes were studied. It was found that the stomatognathic status of the residents was disappointing. The residents had problems with hygiene, their prosthetic appliances were in a poor condition, and they also experinced problems when using the prostheses. Prosthetic problems were noted in almost every resident of Care Homes.

Results: Expectations as to dental care cannot be ful-filled without changing the national health care system. A relationship between satisfaction in life and extent of prosthetic needs, condition of prosthetic appliances, and problems with their use was found. A positive life history plays an important role in past dental care.

Conclusion: The psychosocial status of residents of Care Homes was poor.

K e y w o r d s: geriatric dentistry – Care Home – psychosocial status.
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