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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Monitoring oral health and dental attendance in an out-patient psychiatric population
Author(s) Persson, Karin ; Axtelius, Björn ; Söderfeldt, Björn ; Östman, Margareta
Date 2009
English abstract
Impaired mental health has been associated with an increased need for dental care. Population surveys have indicated that people with enduring mental health problems make less frequent planned visits to the dentist and report a greater number of missing teeth than the general population. The study aims to examine oral health status, attendance to dental care, and medication in an outpatient psychiatric sample. A descriptive study combining a structured interview with a visual oral examination carried out in 113 outpatients under psychiatric care. Dental health was described in terms of sound, missing and/or filled teeth, and showed a relation between these categories and types of psychiatric diagnosis, age and numbers of antidepressant and neuroleptic drugs. Oral hygiene was found to be more neglected among men and in patients with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. The need of dental treatment was widespread, although regular dental visits were commonly reported. In order to maintain good oral health, regular dental check-ups should be encouraged for patients under psychiatric care. Further studies are required to reveal contributory causes for/to decreased oral health. The difficulty such individuals have in maintaining additional self-efficacy raises questions about the necessity for oral health interventions in outpatient psychiatric services.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2008.01364.x (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing;3
Volume 16
ISSN 1351-0126
Pages 263-271
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Psychiatry
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9390 (link to this page)

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