Oral health status of female hospitalized psychiatric patients in Jazan: A Case-control study


  • Mohammed Sultan Alakhali Department of Preventive Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia; and Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Sana’a University, Sana'a, Yemen. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7976-8957
  • Wael Ibraheem M Ibraheem Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, KSA. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0933-5459
  • Sadeq Ali Al-Maweri Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, AlFarabi Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Department of Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Sana’a University, Yemen. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4932-1377
  • Salha Ibrahim Al neami College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan
  • Fatimah Mohammed Alhuraysi College of Dentistry, Jazan University




Objectives: Poor oral health is an important determinant of general health in patients with mental illnesses. The present study was conducted to evaluate the dental and periodontal status of hospitalized female psychiatric patients in Jazan city, Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods:  This study included 82 subjects:  37 psychiatric female patients, and 45 age- and gender- matched healthy controls. Dental caries experience (decayed, missing, and  filled teeth  index ( DMFT ) and periodontal health status were recorded. SPSS version 21 was used for data analysis, and p-value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results:   The mean ages were comparable among the two groups.  Psychiatric patients showed poor oral hygiene practices, with only 56.6% reported regularly brushing their teeth as compared with 82.2% of controls (P < 0.05).  Control subjects had significantly higher DMFT mean scores than psychiatric female patients. However, psychiatric patients had significantly higher mean scores of missing teeth (M component) and lower restored teeth (F component) as compared with controls. Moreover, the mean attachment loss scores were significantly higher in the psychiatric group (0.76±1.58) compared with controls (0.23; 0.44 p < 0.01). Conclusions: Psychiatric patients showed poor oral hygiene practices and a high prevalence of untreated dental caries and periodontal diseases. Effective oral health promotion strategies need to be implemented to improve the oral health and oral health practices of this group of people.


Psychiatric patients; Dental; Periodontal disease; Oral hygiene.

Author Biography

Mohammed Sultan Alakhali, Department of Preventive Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia; and Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Sana’a University, Sana'a, Yemen.

Division of Periodontics, Dept.of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Jizan University, University number: 4395826,  Jizan -  postal code: 45142,  Saudi Arabia.


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