The presence of subjective feelings of xerostomia in the institutionalized elderly

Petrovski, Mihajlo and Minovska, Ana and Ivanovski, Kiro (2014) The presence of subjective feelings of xerostomia in the institutionalized elderly. Bosnian Journal of Dental Medicine, 1 (2/3). pp. 88-97. ISSN 2303-6095

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PRESENCE OF THE SUBJECTIVE FILLING OF DRY MOUTH AMONG INSTITUTIONALIZED ELDERLY.pdf

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Abstract

Introduction: The presence of subjective feelings of dry mouth is the most common oral problem in the institutionalized elderly. Purpose: to assess the subjective presence of xerostomia in the institutionalized elderly. Materials and method: Seventy individuals, older than 65 years and institutionalized in a particular nursing home, were evaluated. The subjective presence of xerstomia was determined. To determine the level of expressiveness of xerostomia, a questionnaire recommended by Carda et al was used. Results: 62.8% of the subjects believed that they had subjective feelings of xerostomia. The majority of the subjects, around 40%, had mild (xerostomia1), while around 25% of the subjects had severe xerostomia (xerostomia 3). Conclusion: Xerostomia is highly prevalent in the institutionalized elderly. Moreover, there is a high percentage of institutionalized elderly people who use drugs that may cause xerostomia. Key words: xerostomia, the institutionalized elderly, dry mouth

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Basic medicine
Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Medical and Health Sciences > Other medical sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Ana Minovska
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 11:29
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 11:29
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/14086

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