ASSESSING ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE OF COMPLETE DENTURE WEARERS IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM.
SEE Jun Wei1, Amrutha DESHIKACHAR2, Sarah SANI2, Jagjit SINGH DHALIWAL1.
1Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAPRSB) Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong BE1410, Brunei Darussalam.
2National Dental Centre, Old Airport, Berakas, BB3113, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
Introduction: The aim of this study is to assess Oral Health-Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL) of complete denture wearers in Brunei Darussalam and identify its associated factors. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study of complete denture wearers attending the Government dental clinics in the Brunei-Muara District using a standardised questionnaire on patient sociodemographic and OHRQoL (OHIP-EDENT). The OHIP-EDENT scores have a possible range of 0 to 76, with higher scores indicating worse OHRQoL. Results: A total of 30 participants were included in this study. The mean (SD) overall OHIP-EDENT score was 15.07 (12.59). The mean individual OHIP-EDENT score was highest for the ‘functional limitation’ domain (1.60) and lowest for the ‘social disability’ domain (0.11). Mean overall OHIP-EDENT score was significantly associated with gender, ethnicity, marital status, level of education, and level of income (p<0.001). Conclusion: This study suggests favourable levels of OHRQoL among complete denture wearers in Brunei Darussalam, and association between various sociodemographic variables with OHRQoL. The results suggest that denture wearers in Brunei share common complete denture therapy limitations as other populations.
Keywords: Brunei, Complete dentures, Oral health, Quality of life, Satisfaction.
Corresponding author: See Jun Wei, Bachelor of Health Science (Dentistry) student, PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link Gadong, BE1410, Negara Brunei Darussalam.
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Brunei Int Med J. 2020;16:13-19