Self-perception of oral health in older adults


  • Simone Kreve Universidade de São Paulo
  • Gabriela Carolina D'Ávila Universidade do Oeste do Paraná
  • Leticia Oliveira Santos Universidade Paranaense
  • Andréa Cândido dos Reis Universidade de São Paulo



Aged, Self Concept, Oral Health


Aim: The oral health self-perception conditions of older adults was analyzed by applying General Oral Health Assessment Index (Gohai). Methods: A total of 136 participants over 60 years members of the Center for Revitalization of Older Adults (CERTI) were assessed by the Gohai questionnaire on oral self-perception conditions was applied. Descriptive analysis was performed on the results. Results: Of all participants, 78.7% mentioned always feeling pain or discomfort while swallowing; 55.1% reported discomfort while eating; and 66.9% reported dissatisfaction with the appearance of their mouth. The overall average of the Gohai Index when applied to the interpretation scale for this index was 28.88, classified as a “bad” oral health condition. Conclusion: The participants negatively evaluated their oral condition due to discomfort in eating, difficulty/pain to swallow and dissatisfaction with their oral condition.


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Author Biographies

Simone Kreve, Universidade de São Paulo

Faculdade de Odontologia de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, SP, Brasil

Gabriela Carolina D'Ávila, Universidade do Oeste do Paraná

Universidade do Oeste do Paraná (Unioeste), Cascavel, PR, Brasil

Leticia Oliveira Santos, Universidade Paranaense

Universidade Paranaense (Unipar), Cascavel, PR, Brasil

Andréa Cândido dos Reis, Universidade de São Paulo

Faculdade de Odontologia de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, SP, Brasil.


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