Community oral health promotion program fostering self-management for the elderly

Tomoko Nishihira, Miho Nishitani, Takuichi Sato, Yuki Abiko, Kenji Matsushita, Misao Hamada, Motomi Tao, Reiko Sakashita

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Abstract

This study aimed to evaluate a health promotion program for the elderly to foster self-management of oral health. The results of the first district evaluated among four districts are reviewed. Subjects consisted of 31 people (average age, 73.1 ± 7.4 years). The intervention consisted of a group study and private consulta- tions for 3 months. As a consequence, subjects cleaned their teeth more often than before (P < 0.05). Deposits of plaque and tartar were significantly lower after inter- vention (P < 0.01-0.001), while scores for oral function did not significantly improve. Scores for QOL and cognitive function improved significantly (P < 0.05). These results suggest that this program promotes not only oral self-care, resulting in good oral health conditions, but also improvement of cognitive function of the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterface Oral Health Science 2011
PublisherSpringer Japan
Pages317-318
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9784431540700
ISBN (Print)9784431540694
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Cognitive function
  • Elderly
  • Health promotion
  • Self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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