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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)
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)
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM Clinicians providing edentulous patients with complete dentures are often confronted with the problem of not knowing the patient's natural tooth color. It would be valuable to be able to determine this from other facial features. PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to assess the possibility of predicting tooth color in the elderly(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)
The growing number of individuals over the age of sixty-five with specific dental needs requires increased teaching efforts to adequately prepare predoctoral dental students. The study assessed whether such increases in undergraduate gerodontology teaching in German-speaking countries between 2004 and 2009 occurred. Questionnaires were mailed in 2004 and(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)
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)
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 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)
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)