Schizophrenia and Oral Health – Review of the Literature

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1 / Slavica Đukić Dejanović23 / Ljiljana Janković4 / Ljubomir Todorović5

1Clinic for Psychiatric Disorders “Dr Laza Lazarević”, Medical Clinical Centre, Belgrade, Serbia
2Clinic for Psychiatric Disorders “Dr Laza Lazarević” Belgrade, Serbia
3Faculty of Medical Sciences University in Kragujevac, Kragujevac, Serbia
4School of Dental Medicine University in Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
5Medical Academy of the Serbian Medial Society

Summary

Patients with schizophrenia, especially during period of their hospitalization, are likely to constitute a high-risk group of individuals with respect to prevalence of oral diseases. Several factors are mentioned in the manuscript that may contribute to the finding of increased prevalence of oral diseases in patients with schizophrenia. Unfortunately, some of these can be attributed to dental profession; these patients are sometimes deprived of dental service as they cannot afford the treatment due to its cost and they are even neglected sometimes by dental professionals. The idea of providing oral health care in the environment of specialized health care institutions, such as psychiatric hospitals, during periods of hospitalization, is especially emphasized.

Keywords: Schizophrenia; Oral Health Care; Caries; Periodontal Disease

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Citation Information: Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine. Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 15–21, ISSN (Online) 2335-0245, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bjdm-2016-0002, April 2016

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