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Revista clínica de periodoncia, implantología y rehabilitación oral

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SUAREZ-HERNANDEZ, Sebastián; GALINDO-HIDALGO, Bárbara; HERRERA-ROSS, Lilian  and  JUAREZ-MEMBRENO, Israel. Periodontal treatment need and oral hygiene in 60 year-old Explicit Health Guarantees (GES) patients from Punta Arenas. Rev. Clin. Periodoncia Implantol. Rehabil. Oral [online]. 2016, vol.9, n.1, pp.79-83. ISSN 0719-0107.

Objective To determine the need for periodontal treatment and oral hygiene in sixty- year-old adults belonging to the GES (Explicit Health Guarantees) program in Punta Arenas. Material and methods A cross-sectional observational study was conducted in which 153 sixty-year-old GES patients were selected from municipal health centres in Punta Arenas, Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica. A simple random sample was used to select participants from each establishment. Patients were evaluated by a previously calibrated examiner (K = 0.84) through a visual clinical examination to determine the need for periodontal treatment through the Periodontal Screening and Recording (PSR), and the level of Oral Hygiene (O’Leary). Data were transferred to a Microsoft Excel worksheet and statistically analysed. Results All of the older adults needed periodontal treatment. Almost all (98.69%) of patients showed deficient oral hygiene. Conclusion All the 60-year-old GES patients in Punta Arenas have a need for periodontal treatment; all of them demonstrated extremely low indexes of oral hygiene, thus showing that this population does not have favourable oral health.

Keywords : Oral hygiene; Need for periodontal treatment; Elderly.

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