Oral health and related quality of life status in patients from UK and Turkey: A comparative study in Behcet's disease

Mumcu G. , Niazi S., Stewart J., Hagi-Pavli E., Gokani B., Seoudi N., ...Daha Fazla

Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine, cilt.38, sa.5, ss.406-409, 2009 (SCI Expanded İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 38 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2009
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/j.1600-0714.2009.00752.x
  • Dergi Adı: Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.406-409


Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare oral health-related quality of life (oral QoL) in patients from UK and Turkey with Behcet's disease (BD). Methods: Thirty-one BD patients from UK (F/M: 18/13, mean age: 41.8 ± 11.5 years) and Turkey (F/M: 18/13, mean age: 41.5 ± 10.3) who were matched according to age and gender were included in the study. All patients had active oral ulcers. Oral QoL was assessed by Oral Health Impact Profile-14 (OHIP-14). Oral health was evaluated by dental and periodontal indices. Results: No significant difference was found in OHIP-14 scores between patients from UK (22.7 ± 14.4) and Turkey (20.4 ± 14.3) (P = 0.709). The OHIP-14 score correlated with the healing time of oral ulcers in UK (r = 0.4, P = 0.04) and the number of oral ulcers in Turkey (r = 0.4, P = 0.012). The number of oral ulcers per month was significantly higher in UK (3.3 ± 2.8) compared with that in Turkey (1.5 ± 2.5) (P = 0.014). However, the number of filled teeth and frequency of tooth brushing were significantly lower in patients from Turkey compared with those in UK (P = 0.000). Similarly, the duration since the last dental visit (5.1 ± 7.2 months) was significantly lower in UK compared with that in Turkey (28.6 ± 23.7 months) (P = 0.000). Conclusions: Oral QoL was similar in patients from UK and Turkey with active oral ulcers. However, the number of oral ulcers was observed to be higher in UK. As expected, a lower utilization rate of dental services might have led to a poorer oral health in patients from Turkey. © 2009 Blackwell Munksgaard.