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Catering Work Profession and Medico-Oral Health: A Study on 603 Subjects

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Department of Health, Life and Environmental Science, University of L’Aquila, Piazza Salvatore Tommasi, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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ENT Department, Rivoli Hospital, ASL TO3 Torino, Italy
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Academic Editors: Marjukka Kolehmainen and Anna Kårlund
Healthcare 2021, 9(5), 582; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050582
Received: 2 April 2021 / Revised: 10 May 2021 / Accepted: 11 May 2021 / Published: 13 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food, Nutrition and Health)
The present observational prospective study analyzes the eating habits in association with the medico-oral health of catering workers, since they seem the category at higher risk of developing dental problems. Objective: To evaluate oral and medical health through a questionnaire in a total sample of 603 participants. Additionally, this article aims to provide information regarding the medico-oral implications of an unbalanced diet linked to this particular profession. Material and methods: A questionnaire created through Google Forms platform was sent to all members of the Italian Federation of Chefs (FIC). The mean age was 46.9 ± 32.6 ranging from 17 to 66 years old. Results: Catering workers’ years of service showed a significant impact on the presence of teeth pain (p < 0.05), missing teeth (excluding the third molars) (p < 0.01), treatment with prothesis (p < 0.01), dental fillings (p < 0.01), dental extractions (p < 0.01), diabetes (p < 0.05), high blood pressure (p < 0.01), joint pain (p < 0.01), back pain (p < 0.01), neck pain (p < 0.01), and gastroesophageal reflux (p < 0.05). Conclusions: A conspicuous part of the study sample was overweight, with a high BMI. Moreover, the years of service in this field showed significant impact on dental problems. Therefore, a very important role is that of preventing dental problems and giving information on the causes and effects unknown to many workers in the sector. View Full-Text
Keywords: oral health; catering workers; chef; professional illness; diabetes; cardiovascular diseases; obstructive sleep apnea syndrome; body mass index oral health; catering workers; chef; professional illness; diabetes; cardiovascular diseases; obstructive sleep apnea syndrome; body mass index
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Saccomanno, S.; Mummolo, S.; Giancaspro, S.; Manenti, R.J.; Mastrapasqua, R.F.; Marzo, G.; Quinzi, V. Catering Work Profession and Medico-Oral Health: A Study on 603 Subjects. Healthcare 2021, 9, 582. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050582

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Saccomanno S, Mummolo S, Giancaspro S, Manenti RJ, Mastrapasqua RF, Marzo G, Quinzi V. Catering Work Profession and Medico-Oral Health: A Study on 603 Subjects. Healthcare. 2021; 9(5):582. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050582

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Saccomanno, Sabina, Stefano Mummolo, Silvia Giancaspro, Rebecca J. Manenti, Rodolfo F. Mastrapasqua, Giuseppe Marzo, and Vincenzo Quinzi. 2021. "Catering Work Profession and Medico-Oral Health: A Study on 603 Subjects" Healthcare 9, no. 5: 582. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050582

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