The dental health of people with schizophrenia.
McCreadie RG., Stevens H., Henderson J., Hall D., McCaul R., Filik R., Young G., Sutch G., Kanagaratnam G., Perrington S., McKendrick J., Stephenson D., Burns T.
OBJECTIVE: To examine the dental health of community dwelling people with schizophrenia and to compare results with those in the general population. METHOD: Dental health of 428 people with schizophrenia in six different areas of the UK was assessed by a self-report questionnaire. RESULTS: Compared with the general population, significantly more of the younger patients were edentate (3-39% vs. 1-20%) and fewer had more than 20 teeth (70% vs. 83%). None of four dental health targets had been achieved in the patient population. More patients had last visited the dentist because of trouble with their teeth; fewer had visited for a check-up. Fewer patients cleaned their teeth daily; this group had more negative symptoms. CONCLUSION: The dental health of people with schizophrenia is poor. Community mental health teams should encourage them to attend their community dentist regularly.