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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 316-322
Oral health indicators of oral health related quality of life among Indian elderly: A cross-sectional study

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad, Haryana, India
2 Department of Periodontology, SGT, Gurugram, Haryana, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SGT, Gurugram, Haryana, India
4 Department of Pedodontics, SGT, Gurugram, Haryana, India

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Dr. Charu Mohan Marya
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_81_19

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Aim: To assess the impact of tooth loss and periodontal status on oral health related quality of life among Indian elderly. Methodology: This study was a cross-sectional study conducted among 1200 elderly subjects of Faridabad district of Haryana. Study subjects were selected by a combination of systematic, cluster and multistage sampling techniques. The data were collected through a clinical oral examination for tooth loss and periodontal status assessment (WHO Oral Health Survey 2013) and a self-administered questionnaire to assess the OHRQoL. Dental behaviours such as dental visiting patterns, tobacco chewing habits and oral hygiene practices were also recorded. Results: In bivariate analysis significant associations were found among age, gender, education, tooth mobility and Oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL). Multivariate logistic regression showed significant impact of number of missing teeth and mobility on OHRQoL (P < 0.05). Conclusion: The conclusions derived from this study are of considerable importance for Indian policy makers in their work with planning and implementing public oral health strategies for geriatric population.

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