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Type: Journal article
Title: Hepatitis C infection and associated oral health problems
Author: Coates, E.
Brennan, D.
Logan, R.
Goss, A.
Scopacasa, B.
Spencer, A.
Gorkic, E.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 2000; 45(2):108-114
Publisher: Australian Dental Assn Inc
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 0045-0421
1834-7819
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E. A. Coates, D. Brennan, R. M. Logan, A. N. Goss, B. Scopacasa, A. J. Spencer and E. Gorkic
Abstract: Hepatitis C infection is widespread throughout the community. This study aimed to assess the status of oral health of persons infected with hepatitis C. DMFT and CPITN indices were recorded at a clinic providing priority dental care for people with hepatitis C infection. The data were compared with information from an existing survey of general dental patients. Social impact Profile questionnaire. The DMFT index differed significantly between hepatitis C and general patients. The number of decayed and missing teeth was greater in those infected with hepatitis C for all patients aged between 25 and 50 years. Although there was no significant difference in CPITN categories for subjects evaluated, a marked trend for poor periodontal health was noted for those individuals with hepatitis C. Salivary flow was reduced in 50 per cent of hepatitis C infected subjects. Social impact was significantly affected with 71 per cent of hepatitis C subjects reporting painful aching in the mouth and 56 per cent having difficulty in relaxing. In conclusion, the results from the project strongly indicate an urgent need for priority delivery of dental care for people with hepatitis C infection.
Keywords: Hepatitis C; DMFT; CPITN; social impact; salivary flow
Description: The document attached has been archived with permission from the Australian Dental Association. An external link to the publisher’s copy is included.
RMID: 0001000517
DOI: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2000.tb00249.x
Published version: http://www.ada.org.au/App_CmsLib/Media/Lib/0610/M29234_v1_632974509781691250.pdf
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