Daily Impacts of Missing Teeth in Adult Population in Lahore, Pakistan

 Hazik B. Shahzad                            BDS, MSc     

 Faiza Awais                                      BDS, M.Phil

 Noor-Ul-Huda Raza                          BDS, M.Phil

 Hanna A Majeed                               BDS, FCPS

 Maliha Shahbaz                                BDS, M.Phil

 Farhat Kazmi                                    BDS, M.Phil, PhD

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of tooth loss on oral health related quality of life in adults.
METHODOLOGY: The survey was conducted during March – June 2019 at Rashid Latif Dental Hospital. A sample size of 373 adults aged 18-80 years was randomly selected from the out-patient department. Number of missing teeth was the main exposure, and it was clinically assessed. OHRQoL was evaluated through “Oral Impacts on Daily performance (OIDP) questionnaire”.
RESULTS: From total patients presented in OPD 44% had one or more missing teeth. Top reported impacts of missing teeth included difficulty eating and relaxing/sleeping problems. Adults with missing teeth showed 1.28 (95%CI 1.04-4.55) (P=0.01) times higher odds for reporting higher oral impacts compared to those without missing teeth.
CONCLUSION: Individuals with missing teeth likely had frequent difficulties in their daily lives due to missing teeth including trouble with eating, speaking, and oral infection, which could spread to the rest of your body.
KEYWORDS: OIDP, Tooth-loss, Adults, Missing teeth, Lahore
HOW TO CITE: Shahzad HB, Awais F, Raza NUH, Majeed Ha, Shahbaz M, Kazmi F. Daily impacts of missing teeth in adult population in Lahore, Pakistan. J Pak Dent Assoc 2021;30(3):157-163.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.25301/JPDA.303.157
Received: 13 July 2020, Accepted: 26 April 2021

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