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Department of Community Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, 2124 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

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Department of Periodontics, School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, 2124 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA





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Abstract Inter-relationships between traditional dental variables are becoming more evident in far reaching aspects of life, such as psychosocial interaction, self-esteem, overall health and even occupational performance. This study compares quality of life QoL in postmenopausal women PMW with poor oral health POH with QoL in PMW with good oral health. A total of 200 randomly recruited PMW received a dental evaluation and completed the Utian Quality of Life Survey. The participants were divided into POH and healthy groups based on a dental exam. Mean scores were calculated for each QoL item, domain and the overall summary score. For each of the four parameters for periodontitis diagnosis, periodontitis b s patients’ QoL outcomes were compared to those of healthy patients using a T-test with a threshold of significance at p < 0.05. QoL in all fields measured was significantly poorer in the POH patients compared to the healthy patients: occupational score 19.95 ± 5.35 vs. 27.56 ± 6.13, health score 18.02 ± 8.23 vs. 26.59 ± 6.45, emotional score 15.68 ± 10.22 vs. 21.15 ± 9.15, sexual score 6.2 ± 5.98 vs. 10.02 ± 5.35, and total score 60.21 ± 25.85 vs. 84.26 ± 22.35. This study finds that PMW with POH report significantly poorer quality of life. Clinicians caring for PMW should be aware that oral health impacts QoL and make appropriate referral decisions for patients’ dental care. View Full-Text

Keywords: oral health; quality of life; postmenopausal women oral health; quality of life; postmenopausal women





Author: Kristin A. Williams 1, Hebba Shamia 1, Christine DeBaz 1 and Leena Palomo 2,*

Source: http://mdpi.com/



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