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(searched for: Dental Self-Care Habits and Self-Reported Caries Amongst the Elderly in South-Western Kenya)
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Walter Ogutu Amulla, Jackie Kpeinzeh Obey, Dorothy Onjwa Onyango
Dental Research and Oral Health, Volume 3, pp 96-106; doi:10.26502/droh.0024

Abstract:
Background: Dental diseases continue to plague elderly populations worldwide with multiple effects on health, nutrition and wellbeing. Nevertheless, little is known concerning geriatric oral hygiene behavior and its association with dental caries in rural Kenya. This knowledge could be instrumental in shaping geriatric oral health interventions. Aims: To explore relationship between dental self-care habits and self-reported caries amongst the elderly in south-western Kenya. Methods: A cross-sectional analytical study was done among a random sample of 300 elderly persons in southwestern Kenya. Data pertaining to caries prevalence, sociodemographic characteristics as well as dental self-care habits was gathered through structured questionnaires and analyzed on SPSS v.25. Association between variables was explored using Pearson’s chi-square test and multiple logistic regression. Results: Prevalence of self-reported caries was 52.3%. The distribution of caries differed significantly across categories of respondents’ location (X2 = 48.90, P
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