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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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
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9784431540700
ISBN (Print)9784431540694
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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