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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 393-397

Tooth loss, chewing ability and quality of life


1 School of Dentistry, Health Bioscience Postgraduate Program, Tissue Aspects for Health Prognosis and Intervention Laboratory (LAPROG), Oeste de Santa Catarina University (UNOESC)
2 Public Dental Health Research Group, University of Southern Santa Catarina, Brazil
3 Research Affiliate, Oeste De Santa Catarina University (UNOESC)
4 School of Dentistry, Oeste De Santa Catarina University (UNOESC)
5 School of Dentistry Health Bioscience Postgraduate Program, Oeste De Santa Catarina University (UNOESC)

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Marcelo Carlos Bortoluzzi
Universidade do Oeste de Santa Catarina (UNOESC); Faculdade de Odontologia. Av. Getúlio Vargas, 2125 Bairro Flor da Serra Joaçaba - Santa Catarina/Brazil, CEP (ZIP) 89600 - 000

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DOI: 10.4103/0976-237X.107424

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to observe the tooth loss over age in a sample of Brazilian patients and analyze their ability to chew, relating it to how much is the loss of oral function impact over the quality of life (QoL). Materials and Methods: This is a single center, observational study and the data were collected through clinical examination followed of questionnaires to obtain sociodemographic information, the ability to chew (through the index of chewing ability [ICA]) and QoL (through Oral Health Impact Profile, OHIP-14). Results: The sample was composed by 171 random volunteers with mean age of 47 (SD 15.2). Low number of natural teeth was associated with an increase of age (Spearman's rho correlation coefficient-0.7, P < 0.001, 2-tailed) and chew disability (ICA: chew's ability vs. disability) (Mann-Whitney U-Test, P < 0.001). Chew disability showed a negative impact over the QoL (overall OHIP; Mann-Whitney U Test P < 0.001) and in five of seven OHIP domains (Functional Limitation, Physical Pain, Psychological Discomfort, Physical Disability, Psychological Disability). Age over than 40 years, was also associated with chewing disability (Pearson Chi-Square P < 0.001) and poorer QoL (Mann-Whitney U test P = 0.01). Conclusion: This study observed that the chewing disability produces a significant and negative impact over oral-health related QoL and both, poor QoL and chewing disability are related with the decrease of the number of natural teeth.


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