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Portuguese Journal of Public Health

Print version ISSN 2504-3137On-line version ISSN 2504-3145

Abstract

MIOTTO, Maria Helena Monteiro de Barros; ALVES, Nathalie Soares; CALMON, Marcela Vieira  and  BARCELLOS, Ludmilla Awad. Impact of Oral Health Problems on the Quality of Life of Drug Addicts in Recovery in a Treatment Center. Port J Public Health [online]. 2017, vol.35, n.1, pp.30-36. ISSN 2504-3137.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000477647.

Objective: We aim to determine the impact of oral problems on the quality of life of drug addicts. Method: This is a cross-sectional study with a sample of 80 individuals. Questionnaires in interview form were used including Oral Health Impact Profile 14. Results: The prevalence of the impact was 81.3%, and it was associated with gender and social class. The gender variable was statistically significant for the following dimensions: psychological discomfort, psychological disability, social disability, and deficiency. Social class was statistically significant for the dimensions psychological discomfort, physical disability, and psychological disability. Conclusion: It is necessary to include dentistry in rehabilitation projects and propose programs to promote and recover oral health to improve the quality of life of drug addicts.

Keywords : Oral health; Quality of life; Health status indicators; Drug users.

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