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Avances en Odontoestomatología

versión On-line ISSN 2340-3152versión impresa ISSN 0213-1285


FUENTES FERNANDEZ, R. et al. Impact of dental caries and periodontal disease on women's sexuality. Av Odontoestomatol [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.4, pp.273-281. ISSN 2340-3152.

The development of sexuality is essential to achieve an integral health state in the individual. The stomatognathic system is actively involved in the full and harmonious development of the person, so diseases such as dental caries and periodontal disease and subsequent tooth loss affect the physical, psychological and social aspect of the patient. The purpose of this research was to determine whether dental caries, periodontal disease or tooth loss affect the emotional, creative and communicative traits of female sexuality. The sample consisted of 86 women between 18 and 40 who had dental caries, periodontal disease or tooth loss, who underwent oral examination to confirm the diagnosis. A survey of 15 questions developed for this study was applied to the whole group. It was observed that the presence of signs and symptoms such as halitosis, missing teeth and cosmetic alterations influence the sexuality of women, increasing with the progression of the severity of these pathologies. Given the design and the conditions of this study, the results indicate that dental caries and periodontal disease and its consequences, are related to changes in female sexuality, so it would be very important to consider these pathologies to create oral health programs and to focus on the overall health of women.

Palabras clave : Caries; periodontal disease; sexuality; oral health.

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