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Epidemiology and policy
SP3-58 Teeth loss impact on elder people's quality of life
  1. M V de Lima Saintrain1,
  2. E H A de Souza1,
  3. A P G F Vieira1
  1. 1Universidade de Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
  2. 2Universidade de Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil


Introduction There are scientific evidences which show the health contribution of the quality of life. These measurements have not been well guided towards the free speech of the oral health in the people's life.

Objective This study aimed to investigate the impact of the teeth loss on the elder people's quality of life.

Material and Methods Qualitative investigation with descriptive features, which used random out sample as a result of the total edentulous elder people's selection, who live in a institution of Fortaleza, Brazil. Within 250 residents screened: 72 elderly, completely edentulous, with ages varying from 60 to 79 years old were selected. A semi-structured questionnaire with closed and opened questions in which the last ones were used for the free flow of the interviewee's speech. The content was analysed and codified according to Bardin.

Results 84.7% had gone to the dentist in order to have exodontics. 81.9% reported difficulties after losing their teeth. Physical dimensions, characterised by the difficulties to be fed, and social dimensions, due to the interference in the communication with other people were obtained.

Conclusion The tooth loss causes disorder in the individual's quality life, mainly when it affects his well-being and appearance.

  • Oral health
  • tooth loss
  • elderly
  • quality of life

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