This study was carried out among 287 institutionalized elderly aged 60 years and above residing in Mangalore. The oral health status was assessed using the modified Oral Health Assessment Form. The most frequently observed periodontal condition was shallow pockets seen in 32.29% of the dentate subjects. None of the subjects were found to have a completely healthy periodontium. The dental caries prevalence was found to be 77.6%. The mean DFT of the dentate subjects was 3.64 with the mean DT and FT being 3.58 and 0.06 respectively. The mean DFT was found to increase with advancing age. Findings also suggest that edentulousness is directly proportional to the period of stay in the old age home and inversely proportional to the mobility of the individual.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Indian journal of dental research : official publication of Indian Society for Dental Research|
|Publication status||Published - 01-04-1999|
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