December 2017

Volume 34, Issue 4

Dental status in nursing home residents with domiciliary dental care in Sweden

Authors: P Andersson S Renvert P Sjogren M Zimmerman
doi: 10.1922/CDH_4100Andersson05


Objective: To describe the dental health status of elderly people in nursing homes receiving domiciliary dental care. Design: Case note review. Clinical setting: Nursing homes in 8 Swedish counties. Participants: Care dependent elderly people (≥65 years). Methods: Clinical data, including the number of remaining natural teeth, missing and decayed teeth (manifest dental caries) and root remnants, recorded by dentists according to standard practices. Medical and dental risk assessments were performed. Results: Data were available for 20,664 patients. Most were women (69.1%), with a mean age of 87.1 years (SD 7.42, range 65-109). The mean age for men was 83.5 years (SD 8.12, range 65-105). Two or more medical conditions were present in most of the population. A total of 16,210 individuals had existing teeth of whom 10,974 (67.7%) had manifest caries. The mean number of teeth with caries was 5.0 (SD 5.93) corresponding to 22.8% of existing teeth. One in four individuals were considered to have a very high risk in at least one professional dental risk assessment category. Conclusions: Care dependent elderly in nursing homes have very poor oral health. There is a need to focus on the oral health-related quality of life for this group of frail elderly during their final period of life. Key words: dental status; domiciliary care; elderly; geriatric dentistry; nursing homes; Sweden


Other articles in this issue

Article Pages Access
Editorial 192-192 Download
Oral health survey of five-year-olds 2014/15: Have strategies for increasing the levels of parental consent in Bradford been effective? 193-195 Download
Factors supporting dentist leaders´ retention in leadership 196-202 Download
Dental status in nursing home residents with domiciliary dental care in Sweden 203-207 Download
Supervised toothbrushing programs in primary schools and early childhood settings: A scoping review 208-225 Download
Investigating socioeconomic position in dental caries and traumatic dental injury among children in Quebec 226-233 Download
The interaction effects between race and functional disabilities on the prevalence of self-reported periodontal diseases - National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012 234-240 Download
Finnish dentists find smoking cessation important but seldom offer practical support for their patients 241-247 Download
Examiner calibration in caries detection for populations and settings where in vivo calibration is not practical 248-253 Download
Correspondence to Editor 254-254 Download


Online (Single user only)
Institution Online (IP address validation)

Back issues may be obtained from the publisher

Consider recommending subscription to your institution's library

You can view Open Access papers without a subscription.