Oral health of psychiatricpatientsInternational journal of dentalhygiene
Introduction• Pts are likely to report dental problems.• Pt with more hospital admissions• Lack of preventive care (the unavailability ofpersonnel)• Hospital without a full-time dental care facility• Increasing length of hospitalization
• For oral health promotion and intervention• Psychiatric in-patient setting is important• Preventive oral health habits
Materials and method• Instrument : 18 questions (combination of open-and closed- ended options)• Procedure : nurses get the questions andresearchers collect them at the end of 1 week.• Data analysis : analysed using Statistical packagefor social csiences, summarized usingdescriptive statistics, presented as frequenciesand percentage
Results• Of 152 questions, 89.5% retrieval rate.
Discussion• Should be performed as part of the routine• It will maintain self-esteem and normalstandards of hygiene• Nurses’ role to provide effective oral care isimportant
• Gauze in the oral care of in-patients is notrecommended except then tooth-brushing is notpossible• Mouthwash cannot be used (ineffective inremoving debris)
Conclusion• Training on oral care delivery among nurses.• Attachment of dentist to comprehensively carefor the oral health problem of Pts.