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Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey

On-line version ISSN 1025-0255

Abstract

REYES OBEDIENTE, Fidela M; ESPESO NAPOLES, Nelia  and  HERNANDEZ SUAREZ, Alicia. Oral health promotion in the elderly in a Mental Health Community justify. AMC [online]. 2009, vol.13, n.3. ISSN 1025-0255.

Background: The elderly arrive to the old age submitted to a great number of risk factors and preventive buccodental diseases, and deficient oral hygienic-sanitary information. Objective: To apply affective-participatory techniques for the oral health promotion in the elderly. Method: A community intervention experimental study in the grandparents´ circle of the Mental Health Community justify from the north area was carried out from June 2005 to June 2007. The sample was constituted by 35 old men, to them they were applied a structured interview to determine the level of hygienic-sanitary-oral information, risk factors, oral and prosthetic hygiene. Results: The hygienic-sanitary-oral information behaved as satisfactory in 27 people (77,1%). The efficiency of the prosthesis´ hygiene improved in more than half of the elderly. Conclusions: There was a favorable perception of them regarding to the intervention, because the majority recognize that they incorporated an action for the action when observing beneficial changes for their health that generated positive experiences in the studied group.

Keywords : Educational intervention; oral health promotion; third age; old men.

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