1 Ege University School of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Bornova 35100 İzmir, Turkey
2 Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA and onsulting Staff, Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte CA 8500 Whilshire Blvd, Suite 800 Beverly Hills, CA 90211, USA
3 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Academic Medical Center Amsterdam and Department of eriodontology, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam, Gustav Mahlerlaan 3004,1081 LA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4 Ege University Faculty of Science, Department of Statistics, Bornova 35100 İzmir, Turkey
5 Department of Dental Medicine, Winthrop-University Hospital 259 First Street, Mineola NY 11501, USA
Aim: Dental treatment is necessary in oncology patients since pre-existing oro-dental disease may influence cancer treatment and prognosis. This study investigated the applicability of two indices in reflecting the actual oral health status of 100 non-cancer patients who were admitted for dental complaints/routine controls.
Methods: The radiographic examination results and the decayed, missed, filled teeth score represented the ‘actual oro-dental status’. The simplified oral hygiene index was utilised for oral hygiene determination, and general oral health assessment index was used to establish the self-perceived oral health.
Results: No correlation was observed between actual oro-dental status and the simplified oral hygiene index (p = 0.27), but the relationship between oro-dental status and general oral health assessment index was significant (p = 0.026). Items 9, 5 and 1 (How often were you concerned about problems with your teeth, gums or dentures? How often were you able to eat anything without feeling discomfort? How often did you limit the kinds or amounts of food you eat because of problems with your teeth or dentures?) presented correlation (r = −0.285, r = 0.268, and r = −0.248).
Conclusion: Three items of GOHAI (Geriatric Oral Health Assessment Index) may be used to identify the requisite of dental treatment in patients and to aid in immediate dental treatment planning.
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