Importance of Oral Hygiene and Maintaining Oral Health in Persons With Disabilities

  • Martina Juzbašić* Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek; Interdisciplinary University Study of Molecular Biosciences, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  • Davor Seifert Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  • Matej Tomas Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek; Interdisciplinary University Study of Molecular Biosciences, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  • Marija Čandrlić Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek; Faculty of Medicine Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia
  • Marko Matijević Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia

Abstract

This paper aims to approximate and facilitate the routine of daily oral hygiene for persons with disabilities, as well as to emphasize the importance of educating persons with disabilities and their caregivers about oral health as an essential part of overall health. Desk research of electronic databases was conducted with the aim of writing this paper, using the following keywords: ‘oral hygiene’, ‘dental plaque’, ‘oral health’ and ‘persons with disabilities’. Literature research has shown that persons with disabilities have poor oral hygiene, as well as that there is a lack of education among them and their caregivers about the importance of oral health and proper oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene can affect a person’s quality of life due to discomfort during eating, bad breath, poor self-esteem, pain, and disturbed sleep, which is a result of caries or other diseases of the oral cavity. Maintaining oral health is an essential part of overall health.

Published
Apr 28, 2021
How to Cite
JUZBAŠIĆ*, Martina et al. Importance of Oral Hygiene and Maintaining Oral Health in Persons With Disabilities. Southeastern European Medical Journal, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 170-175, apr. 2021. ISSN 2459-9484. Available at: <http://seemedj.mefos.unios.hr/index.php/seemedj/article/view/176>. Date accessed: 03 aug. 2021. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26332/seemedj.v5i1.176.
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