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Utilization of dental services in old age


Nitschke, Ina; Stillhart, Angela; Kunze, Julia (2015). Utilization of dental services in old age. Swiss Dental Journal, 125(4):433-47.

Abstract

Regular utilization of dental services helps to improve and maintain oral and general health, even in old age. However, utilization behavior for dental services changes with age: preventive utilization behavior is often replaced by a symptom-driven one. With age, a decrease in the utilization of dental services can be observed, whilst the frequency of contact with physicians increases. The present review describes the current knowledge regarding the utilization of dental services in old age (frequency, reasons for non-utilization, modifying factors). The reasons for non-utilization of dental services are multidimensional: subjective reasons and other objective modifying factors can be distinguished. The frequency of utilization also differs with personal context and attitude. On the basis of the available evidence no conclusive explanation could be provided. A checklist should allow dental practitioners to monitor the factors that affect the utilization of services within their own dental office.

Abstract

Regular utilization of dental services helps to improve and maintain oral and general health, even in old age. However, utilization behavior for dental services changes with age: preventive utilization behavior is often replaced by a symptom-driven one. With age, a decrease in the utilization of dental services can be observed, whilst the frequency of contact with physicians increases. The present review describes the current knowledge regarding the utilization of dental services in old age (frequency, reasons for non-utilization, modifying factors). The reasons for non-utilization of dental services are multidimensional: subjective reasons and other objective modifying factors can be distinguished. The frequency of utilization also differs with personal context and attitude. On the basis of the available evidence no conclusive explanation could be provided. A checklist should allow dental practitioners to monitor the factors that affect the utilization of services within their own dental office.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Masticatory Disorders and Complete Dentures, Geriatric and Special Care Dentistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:22 Feb 2016 12:48
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 20:05
Publisher:Schweizerische Zahnärzte-Gesellschaft SSO
ISSN:2296-6501
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://www.sso.ch/fileadmin/upload_sso/2_Zahnaerzte/2_SDJ/SDJ_2015/SDJ_Pubmed_2015/sdj-2015-04-03.pdf
PubMed ID:26169279

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