Impact of oral health status and oral hygiene practices on quality of life among low-income seniors
Johnston, Judy A.; Bimali, Milan; Parsons, Susan D.; Lukens, Adam F. 2018. Impact of oral health status and oral hygiene practices on quality of life among low-income seniors. SBM 39th Annual Meeting Abstract Supplement, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 52:suppl_1:pp S1–S838
Associations exist between poor oral health status (POHS) and multiple health conditions among the elderly: localized infection and pain,increased risk of respiratory infections, under-nutrition, and unplanned weight loss. POHS has also been associated with challenges in ability to eat, speak clearly, and socialize, negatively impacting quality of life. A large proportion of older adults are unable to follow recommended teeth and denture hygiene practices due to limited income and lack of dental insurance. The goal of this research was to assess the oral health status of low-income seniors, as well as their oral health quality of life and self-care habits.