A clinic based survey looking at the self-cognition of oral health across different dental diseases among the elderly population in Singapore
May 15, 2016 - August 15, 2016
Global aging is one of the most prevailing health issues of developed countries. Among the chronic diseases related to aging, dental diseases greatly affect people’s quality of life but have been largely ignored by older adults, their family members, and health care providers. Despite its relatively recent development, Oral Health-Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL) has been implemented into many studies and used as an effective way to evaluate the burden of oral diseases and oral health problems. To examine self-reported oral health problems among older adults in Singapore and with the hypothesis that the older adults’ oral health is associated with their self-reported OHRQoL, this study uses a cross-sectional design to collect both patients’ self-reported OHRQoL data and its matched dental records. Through the analysis of the potential relationship between OHRQoL and oral health status, we are able to examine what patients’ major concerns and sufferings regarding oral health problems. Results of this study will provide policy and clinical insights on delivering high quality dental services to older adults.