The possibility of tooth loss may increase as we get older. Missing teeth in the posterior area will reduce the number of occlusal support zones and cause changes in the masticatory function. These changes may impact general health and affect the quality of life, leading to a person needing some form of denture care. How the need for care turns into a person's demand is influenced by factors such as knowledge, attitude, and practice. This study aimed to analyze the relationship between oral health knowledge, attitude, and practice towards denture demand in the pre-elderly and elderly associated with sociodemographic factors. A cross-sectional study with saturation sampling was conducted on 82 subjects over 45 who attended community service at the public health center on Panggang Island, Kepulauan Seribu. An oral examination was performed to determine the number of remaining occlusal support zones (Eichner classification). Oral health knowledge, attitude, and practice questionnaire, followed by a denture demand sheet, were given to assess their level of oral health knowledge, attitude, practice, and demand for denture treatment. Sociodemographic data (age, gender, education, and economic status) were also collected in this study. Data were analyzed using the Chi-Square test. Statistical significance was set at p<0.05. This study found that oral health knowledge gave a statistically significant difference in denture demand (p = 0.000), economic status (p = 0.015), and the number of occlusal support zones (p = 0.022). A statistically significant difference was also seen between oral health practice and education level (p = 0.033). In conclusion, oral health knowledge has a relationship with denture demand, economic status, and the number of occlusal support zones.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of International Dental and Medical Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2023|