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Dietary selection by elderly persons, related to dental state
Author(s)M R Heath
Journal titleBritish Dental Journal, vol 132, no 4, February 15 1972
Pagespp 145-148
KeywordsDental problems ; Diet ; Housebound.
AnnotationSome findings of a pilot survey of housebound pensioners are reported. Despite wide variation, the dental state of those studied was, in general, poor. 88% were endentulous, and, of these, 24% used only their upper or neither denture for chewing, and 68% had dentures graded poor or very poor. Only 36% of these endentulous subjects thought they needed any dental treatment, and only two had sought treatment. Many subjects ate restricted diets. The range of foods included in the diet was found to be partially related to the dentures used, or not used, for chewing. Taking the findings as a whole, the dental needs of housebound pensioners deserve close consideration.
Accession NumberCPA-930526058
ClassmarkBLA: CFD: C6 *

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