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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 360292, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/360292
Research Article

Oral Health-Related Quality of Life of Greek Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study

1Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Athens, 2 Thivon St., 115 27 Athens, Greece
2Department of Paediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
3School of Law, Economic and Political Sciences, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Received 7 June 2011; Accepted 4 July 2011

Academic Editor: Michael E. Razzoog

Copyright © 2011 William Papaioannou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Purpose. The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of oral health status on the quality of life of adults in different regions of Greece, using the Oral Health Impact Profile-short form (OHIP-14). Methods. A random sample consisting of a total of 504 Greek adults between the ages of 35–44 years (mean 39.1 ± 3.5) was selected from different urban and rural areas, and face-to-face interviews were conducted using the validated Greek language OHIP-14. Associations of the total OHIP-14 score and its 7 sub-scales along with the self-perceived quality of life were evaluated with Spearman's correlations. Results. The subjects had an overall weighted OHIP-14 score of 1.1 (sd 1.9). No significant differences were found for either rural or non-metropolitan areas when compared to urban or metropolitan regions. High scores of above 2 were determined for functional limitation, physical pain, handicap, and the psychological discomfort scales. The education level of the subjects had a significant positive impact on the quality of life of the subjects. Conclusions. Dental and oral health conditions are factors that do impact on the quality of life of individuals.