Toothache pain: Behavioral impact and self-care strategies

Leonard A. Cohen, Arthur J. Bonito, Donald R. Akin, Richard J. Manski, Mark D. Macek, Robert R. Edwards, Llewellyn J. Cornelius

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Abstract

A computer-assisted telephone interview in Maryland of adults who had low income and were Hispanic, Black, and White and who had experienced a toothache during the previous 12 months was conducted. Respondents reported a high prevalence of toothaches, with 44.3% having experienced more than five toothaches during the preceding 10 years. Pain intensity associated with the most recent toothache was high with 45.1% of the respondents reporting the highest pain possible. Pain interfered with many aspects of normal functioning. Self-care strategies generally took precedence over professional health services. Pain sufferers used a combination of self-care and formal care strategies. Initial strategies most often focused on nonprescription medicines(home remedies and prayer. The majority of respondents ultimately sought pain relief from a dentist. We identified a number of significant differences in the strategies used across racial(ethnic groups.

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Keywords

  • Behavioral impact
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Self- care
  • Toothache pain

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  • Dentistry(all)

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Toothache pain : Behavioral impact and self-care strategies. / Cohen, Leonard A.; Bonito, Arthur J.; Akin, Donald R.; Manski, Richard J.; Macek, Mark D.; Edwards, Robert R.; Cornelius, Llewellyn J.

In: Special care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, Vol. 29, No. 2, 03.2009, p. 85-95.

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Cohen, Leonard A. ; Bonito, Arthur J. ; Akin, Donald R. ; Manski, Richard J. ; Macek, Mark D. ; Edwards, Robert R. ; Cornelius, Llewellyn J./ Toothache pain : Behavioral impact and self-care strategies. In: Special care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry. 2009 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 85-95
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