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This article reviews access to and financing of dental care for aging populations in selected nations in Europe. Old age per se does not seem to be a major factor in determining the use of dental services. Dentition status, on the other hand, is a major determinant of dental attendance. In addition to perceived need, a variety of social and behavioral(More)
OBJECTIVE To survey the present state of undergraduate teaching in the domain of gerodontology in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. STUDY PARTICIPANTS All universities of Austria (A), Germany (D) and Switzerland (CH). PROTOCOL A questionnaire on undergraduate teaching in gerodontology was mailed to all Deans (A: n = 3; CH: n = 4; D: n = 31) and all(More)
OBJECTIVES The ongoing controversial discussion about a possible negative effect of amalgam fillings on the cognitive abilities and the pathogenesis dementia was the objective of the present study. SAMPLE A total of 300 patients aged from 70 to 103 years were selected from the multidisciplinary 'Berlin Aging Study' (BASE). The sample was heterogeneous(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to reveal barriers to providing dental care for residents in long-term care (LTC) facilities. DESIGN Participants were selected randomly from the dentist register in Berlin and Saxony, Germany. The sample consisted of 60 self-employed and 60 employed dentists, a further 60 dentists worked in their own dental practice but(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To describe oral health utilisation patterns of frail older people and contrast these with attitudes and utilisation patterns of nursing staff who are caring for them. BACKGROUND In view of widespread poor oral health of frail older people in long-term care, staff attitudes have been identified as an area of interest. In addition to(More)
A review of the oral health issues for the elderly in Germany is presented. The percentage of aged and very old people in the total population of Germany is increasing rapidly, as is the percentage of the dentate population due to the high standard of dental care. The percentage of the edentulous population has therefore decreased. It has become necessary(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess data on satisfaction with dental appearance in old age. DESIGN Cross-sectional study of an elderly non-patient group born from 1930 to 1932. SETTING Two urban regions of Germany. PARTICIPANTS 225 subjects (73-75 years, 49.3% male). METHODS A questionnaire was completed. Descriptive analysis and bivariate analysis of gender(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to assess the uptake of dental services by the old and very old population within the scope of the Berlin Aging Study (Berliner Altersstudie BASE). DESIGN A multi-disciplinary structured interview was performed on 928 subjects, aged from 70 to 103 years of whom 516 persons volunteered to take part in a 14-session(More)
Demographic developments indicate both an increasing proportion of the elderly in the population and an augmenting life expectancy. The elderly tend to retain their natural teeth for longer, and the first removable denture is inserted more often later in life. Oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) is influenced by functional parameters such as pain(More)
Although a body of research has targeted predictors of well-being and depression in old age, the consideration of oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) as a predictor of these major psychosocial endpoints has been rare in the previous literature. The objective of this study was to test whether OHRQoL is associated with well-being and depression,(More)