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Oral health-related quality of life and its relationship to self-reported oral discomfort and clinical status
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Oral health. (Oral hälsovetenskap)
Landstinget i Östergötland. (Oral hälsovetenskap)
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. (Oral hälsovetenskap)
2014 (English)In: Swedish Dental Journal, ISSN 0347-9994, Vol. 38, no 4, 169-178 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The impact of oral health on quality of life is one aspect when it comes to understanding the significance of oral health. The aim of this sudy was to analyse the self-reported oral discomfort and clincial status of individuals reporting oral problems never/very seldom affexting quality of life during the last year and compar ehem with individuals who reported oral problems hardly ever/occasiaonally or often/very often during the same period. The study comprised a stratified random sample of 515 individuals who lived in four parishes in the City of Jönköping, Sweden, and tyrned 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 years of age in 2003. The impact of oral health on quality of life was examined using the OHIP-14 questionnaire. The individuals were also examined clinically and radiographically. Of the participants, 21 % reorted no experience of impaired quality of life and 20 % of the indivudals reported that they had expperienced impaires quality of life often or very often during the last year. The highest frequency of oral problems was found among individuals aged 20 and 80 years. Subjective symptoms, such as grinding/clenching and headache, were found among 20- and 30-year-olds. Edentulous individuals with many missing teeth, individuals with severe periodontal disease or subjective dry mouth answered that they experienced problems accordning to the OHIP-14 often or very often. A number of individuals, young and old, had thus experienced subjective or clinically verified oral conditions associated with a negative experience of quality of life. This complementary information will provide a deeper understanding of the importance of oral health in the population.

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2014. Vol. 38, no 4, 169-178 p.
Keyword [en]
Epidemiolgy, OHIP-14, oral health, quality of life
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-26586ISI: 000348962200002PubMedID: 25771651Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84922622536OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-26586DiVA: diva2:811896
Available from: 2015-05-13 Created: 2015-05-13 Last updated: 2015-05-13Bibliographically approved

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