Oral Health and Dental Services Users’ Quality of Life

Margareth PANDOLF, Ludmilla Awad BARCELLOS, Maria Helena Monteiro de Barros MIOTTO, Paulo Sávio A. GÓES

Abstract


Objective: Evaluate the perception and impact caused by oral health problems in the living quality of 270 dental services’ users in Vitória, Espírito Santo State.
Methods: The impact was measured using the DIDL - Dental Impact Daily Living - subjective indicator that involves five dimensions - pain, comfort, eating restriction, performance and appearance. Data was collected through standardized interview done by three dental auxiliaries between june and july 2005. As impact predictors were available sex, social class, instruction, age, dental services utilization and perceived prothesis need. Data was collected by three dental auxiliaries using standard interviews in june/july 2005. The intraclass correlation and Cronbach alfa measured the internal reliability. The association between independent variables and DIDL scores was measured using Chi-Square test.
Results: The reason that motivated dental utilization showed significant differences in global score and pain, comfort and eating restriction dimensions, showing that irregular dental services’ users were less satisfied; the ones aged less 40 years, from social classes B and C, and declared no prosthesis need were more satisfied with their oral condition presenting significant impacts only at dimension analysis. There was no difference detected in oral health satisfaction perceived by males and females.
Conclusion: Regular dental services users declared more satisfaction with oral health conditions, what shows the importance of frequent dental visits in quality of life. Oral health conditions impacts people’s daily life what means the importance of subjective indicators able to capture these impacts to direct health policies.

Keywords


Percepção; Saúde bucal; Qualidade de vida.



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4034/pboci.v11i3.1465

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