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ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 395498, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/395498
Clinical Study

Study of Emotional Effects of Tooth Loss in an Aging North Indian Community

1Department of Prosthodontics, Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College and Research Center, Uttar Pradesh, Moradabad, India
2Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College and Research Center, Uttar Pradesh, Moradabad, India

Received 4 August 2011; Accepted 18 September 2011

Academic Editors: A. Carrassi, E. T. Giampaolo, and A. Jäger

Copyright © 2011 Amit Vinayak Naik and Ranjana C. Pai. 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

A study was conducted to study the emotional effects of complete and partial loss of teeth in an aging North Indian community. A questionnaire was prepared for 400 elderly people above the age of 60 years, who were interviewed in dental checkup camps. The data was collected and analyzed using chi-square or chi-square exact tests. 25% of the people were found to have difficulty accepting tooth loss, whereas more than 50% of the people reported to have restricted their food choices. Other problems like reduced attendance in social gatherings for lunch/dinner or eating out in public were also noted. 56% felt that dental consultation prior to tooth loss would have helped them in a significant way. It was concluded that tooth loss did not have a marked impact on emotions of the people but affected their daily social activities, however there was negligible difference between complete and partial tooth loss subjects.