Orofacial pain among Chinese older adults in the last year of life

Yaolin Pei, Xiang Qi, Xi Chen, Bei Wu

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the prevalence of orofacial pain and associated factors in Chinese older adults at the end of life. Methods: This cross-sectional study included 1646 participants (65 years or older) in their last year of life from the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS). We used the 6-month prevalence questions to measure two specific orofacial pain symptoms: toothache, and jaw or facial pain. Logistic regression analyses were used to examine factors, such as socioeconomic status, health behaviours and chronic diseases, that were associated with these two orofacial pain symptoms in the last year of life. Results: The 6-month prevalence estimates for toothache and jaw pain or facial pain for older adults in the last year of life were 14.1% and 4.5% respectively. Higher socioeconomic status was associated with lower odds of toothache and jaw pain or facial pain. Smoking was associated with high odds of toothache. Participants who brushed their teeth at least once a day were more likely to have toothache and jaw or facial pain than those who did not. Having any chronic conditions was associated with higher odds of toothache and jaw or facial pain. Older adults who had at least one tooth were more likely to have jaw or facial pain than those without any teeth. Conclusion: A considerable proportion of Chinese older adults in their last year of life reported toothache and/or jaw pain or facial pain. These findings suggest that appropriate measures need to be taken to address the oral health needs in these vulnerable individuals, especially those of low socioeconomic status and chronic conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGerodontology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • end of life
  • jaw or facial pain
  • orofacial pain symptoms
  • quality of care
  • toothache

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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