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Oral health in the terminally ill: a cross-sectional pilot survey

Aldred, M. J., Addy, M., Bagg, J. and Finlay, Ilora Gillian 1991. Oral health in the terminally ill: a cross-sectional pilot survey. Special Care in Dentistry 11 (2) , pp. 59-62. 10.1111/j.1754-4505.1991.tb00815.x

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Abstract

This study of 20 hospice patients provided baseline information on oral and dental status in the terminally ill. For each patient, a questionnaire was completed, the mouth was examined, and an oral rinse and imprint cultures were collected to establish the prevalence and intra-oral density of yeasts, staphylococci and coliforms. Oral symptoms reported included disturbance of taste (26%), dysphagia (37%), soreness (42%), and dryness (58%). Of the 75% who wore dentures, 71% had difficulty with their prosthesis (es). A clinical diagnosis of oral candidiasis was made in 70% of subjects. The high prevalence of oral symptoms, denture problems, and candidiasis clearly affect the quality of remaining life in terminally ill patients.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0275-1879
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:48
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/68079

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