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ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 172-175

Relationship of tooth loss, impaired chewing ability, and cognitive impairment among the elderly of western Maharashtra, India


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, School of Dental Sciences, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed to be University, Karad, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, New Horizon Dental College and Research Institute, Bilaspur, Chattisgarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Snehal Patil
Department of Public Health Dentistry, School of Dental Sciences, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_89_18

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Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between the tooth loss impaired chewing ability and cognitive impairment among the elderly of western Maharashtra, India. Materials and Methods: It was a cross-sectional, community-based study conducted among 200 consenting elderly. Information regarding tooth loss, chewing ability and cognitive impairment (clock-drawing test), and sociodemographic variables were obtained and analyzed. Results: Participants with impaired chewing ability had 5.57 more odds of cognitive impairment. Similarly, those with multiple tooth loss had 2.4 times odds of cognitive impairment compared to normal counterparts. Conclusions: Multiple tooth loss and impaired chewing ability increase the odds of cognitive impairment.


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