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Relationship Between Oral Health and Frailty in Community-Dwelling Elderly Individuals in Brazil

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de Andrade, Fabiola Bof [1] ; Lebrao, Maria Lucia [2] ; Ferreira Santos, Jair Licio [3] ; de Oliveira Duarte, Yeda Aparecida [4]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Oswaldo Cruz Fdn FIOCRUZ, Publ Hlth & Aging Res Grp, Rene Rachou Res Inst, Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Epidemiol, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto Sch Med, Dept Social Med, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[4] Univ Sao Paulo, Sch Nursing, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY; v. 61, n. 5, p. 809-814, MAY 2013.
Web of Science Citations: 32

Objectives To test the hypothesis that clinical oral health conditions are associated with frailty independent of socioeconomic and general health status. Design Cross-sectional. Setting Population-based cohort study of health, well-being, and aging. Participants One thousand three hundred seventy-four community-dwelling individuals representing 998,528 individuals aged 60 and older in the city of SAo Paulo, Brazil. Measurements Frailty was defined on the basis of five characteristics: weight loss, weakness, slowness, exhaustion, and low level of physical activity. Participants with three or more characteristics were classified as frail, with one or two as prefrail, and with zero as nonfrail. Oral health measures were number of teeth, use of dental prostheses, need for dental prostheses, presence of decayed teeth, clinical attachment loss of 4mm or greater, and periodontal pocket of 4mm or greater. Data on sociodemographic (age, sex, and schooling) and general health (number of self-reported chronic diseases and smoking status) data were assessed. Results The prevalence of frailty was 8.5%, with 50.8% considered nonfrail. Elderly individuals with a need for dental prostheses were significantly more likely to be prefrail and frail. Participants with 20 or more teeth had a lower chance of being frail than edentulous individuals. Conclusion The need for dental prostheses was significantly associated with frailty, independent of socioeconomic and general health status. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 05/54947-2 - SABE study - 2005: well-being and ageing: longitudinal study of living conditions and health of elderly in the municipality of São Paulo
Grantee:Ruy Laurenti
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 10/00883-1 - Factors associated to self-perceived oral health among elerly from São Paulo: SABE study
Grantee:Fabíola Bof de Andrade
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate