Perceptions of tooth loss and periodontal problems in an independent elderly population: Content-analysis of interview discourse

Gerardo Maupomé, Aída Borges, Lucía E. Ramírez, Javier Díez-De-Bonilla

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Abstract

Oral health/illness and surrounding socio-demographic and behavioral phenomena are poorly documented in the Mexican elderly. To establish the rationales explaining oral health/illness and tailor a Health Promotion intervention (1995-1997) accordingly, an interview nested in a questionnaire was done at baseline, with the recording of 228 interviews transcribed verbatim. Every transcript was subsequently assessed by content-analysis. Results showed that lack of oral hygiene, inadequate calcium intake and old age were the most common explanations of tooth-loss. Only a few factors were felt to be under control: the same state of relative adaptation that characterized people affected by gum problems. The themes that explained them were lack of oral hygiene, and (non-specific) infections. When interviewees evaluated the impact of good oral health on their lives, many made evaluations pertaining to quality of life, adequate function, and an attractive appearance generally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-63
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

Keywords

  • Geriatric dental care
  • Hygiene
  • Periodontal health
  • Self-efficacy
  • Tooth loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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