Self-perception of oral health in older adults
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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