association between oral health-related quality of life (ohr-qol) blood pressure blood glucose level and obesity among patients attending miu dental clinics
Background and rationale:
Quality of life has become one of the important outcome measures of chronic diseases and other medical conditions. Chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and caries are increasing in developing countries, resulting in the deterioration of the quality of life related to oral, as well as general health. The objectives of the present study was to assess the correlation between Oral Health-Related Quality of Life (OHR-QOL) and general health of the patients attending MIU dental clinics through an interviewer-led questionnaire and screening for blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
The present cross sectional study was performed by second year dental students through the course of Dental Public Health during two semesters (Spring 2016 and Spring 2017) under supervision of staff members. The study was conducted on 600 patients attending MIU Dental Clinics Oral Health-Related Quality of Life was assessed through Dental Impact on Daily Living (DIDL) questionnaire. Blood pressure, random blood glucose level, body mass index and waist circumference were also measured.
Results and conclusion:
There was a statistically significant inverse correlation between OHR-QOL, mean blood pressure (r = -0.215, P-value<0.001) and blood glucose level (r = -0.272, P-value<0.001). There was non-statistically significant inverse correlation between OHR-QOL, BMI (r = -0.062, P-value = 0.131) and waist circumference (r = -0.040, P-value = 0.340). So we can conclude that chronic diseases especially hypertension and diabetes had negative impact on Oral Health-Related Quality of Life