Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors associated with poor oral health among older adults
by Dias, Joy, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 53; 1527695
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to assess factors affecting oral health practices among adults 65 years of age and older, in an urban dental practice. The study looked at factors contributing to overall oral health including (a) age, (b) sex, (c) annual income, (d) diagnosed illness, (e) the number of prescribed medications being taken, and (f) highest education completed.

A convenience sample was obtained in the city of San Jose, California from a dental office. The researcher presented specific self-made surveys for his research on oral health to eligible participants in order to measure oral health. The significance level utilized on each hypothesis was p ≤ .05.

A total of 100 qualified surveys were used for analysis. Results showed that there was no significant relationship with the factor of sex. However, there was a significant relationship among all other factors and brushing at least twice a day. Future studies in a different setting or having a larger sample may be more appropriate to confirm or deny findings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Barbara
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Gerontology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Dentistry, Public health, Health care management
Keywords: Dental healthcare, Older adults, Oral health, Teeth
Publication Number: 1527695
ISBN: 9781303925504
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