Dental caries and oral health status among geriatric population Bangalore, India - A retrospective study

Girish Kulkarni


Background: Dental health status of geriatric patients plays one of the important role in their general well being. Aims and Objectives: To evaluate the presence dental caries among geriatric patients. Materials and Methods: A convenience sample of 46 patients above 60 years, who were reported to a private dental clinic during January 2014 - September 2014 period were included in this retrospective cross sectional study. The data collected includes the socio demographic details including age, gender, economic status, and presence of dental caries, mobile tooth, oral hygiene habits and oral hygiene index. Results: The average time since the patients’ last visit to a dentist was 4.2 years (SD 3.6). The over all oral hygiene status (OHI Index) was fair 51% (25/49), Poor 46.9% (23/49) and Good 2% (1/49). Presence of Dental caries was 57.1% (28/49) in patients compared to 71.4% (35/49) of teeth mobility. Conclusion: In conclusion, teeth mobility was more in the sample population than dental caries, and females had more dental caries than teeth mobility.


Dental Caries; Geriatric population; Habits; Oral Health Status


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