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. 2020; 11(4): 333-339


Comparative Analysis of Quality of Life and Oral Hygiene Attitudes of patients using Dental Prostheses during the COVID-19 Pandemic: AnOriginal Study

Dr. Sony Saraswati, Dr. Jay Kishore, Dr. Smita, Dr Richa Dubey, Dr.Meetu Kumari, Dr.Devleena Bhowmick.

Abstract
Background: Quality of life related to oral health is affected by several problems of oral cavity as result of
natural tooth loss. The life quality of people can be improved by providing the dental prosthesis in patients
suffering from missing teeth. The COVID -19 pandemic has started from China since the last phase of 2019.
From then till now there is no aspect of human life which has been negatively influenced by this pandemic.
Although there has been various research programmes which has been carried out to assess the influence of
COVID 19 pandemic over different types of patients but there are very few studies which has been conducted to
analyse the condition of patients having dental prosthesis in this pandemic.
Aim: To carry out comparative analysis of quality of life and oral hygiene attitudes of patients using dental
prostheses during the COVID-19 pandemic
Materials and Methods: The study comprised 129 people who were randomly chosen from among those who
had been seen in the same clinic before the COVID-19 epidemic. Complete dentures, implant-retained
removable dentures, tooth-supported fixed partial dentures, and implant-supported fixed partial dentures were
separated into four groups based on the type of prosthesis they wore. Telephone interviews with study
participants were used to administer the Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP-14) questionnaire, which included
questions on their concerns and actions taken related prosthesis hygiene during the pandemic.
Results: The maintenance of hygiene of the prosthetic devices and frequency of cleaning of the dentures was
more during this pandemic. The incidence of functional limitation was more during pandemic and it was
greatest in patients using implant retained removable dentures. It was also observed that patients were benefitted
from the knowledge they gained from authentic literature sources in concern with adequate cleaning of
prosthodontic appliances.
Conclusion: It was concluded from the current study that the maintainence of hygiene of the prosthetic devices
and frequency of cleaning of the dentures was more during this pandemic. The incidence of functional limitation
was more during pandemic and it was greatest in patients using implant retained removable dentures

Key words: COVID-19, Quality of life, Prosthetics



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