Relationship between orofacial pain and absenteeism among workers in Southern Brazil

Authors

  • Anderson Nardi Universidade do Oeste de Santa Catarina (Unoesc)
  • Edgard Michel Crosato Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo (SP)
  • Maria Gabriela Haye Biazevic Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • Edgard Crosato Universidade de São Paulo
  • Eduardo Pizzatto aculdade de Odontologia, Universidade Positivo, Curitiba (PR)
  • Dagmar de Paula Queluz Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v8i1.8642350

Keywords:

Absenteeism, Facial pain, Facial pain/epidemiology, Oral health

Abstract

Aim: To verify the relationship between orofacial pain and absenteeism in workers of slaughter and meat processing industries in the Southern region of Brazil. Methods: A cross-sectional study, with the random sample of 401 workers of slaughter and meat processing industries in the Southern region of Brazil, was carried out. A questionnaire referred to the situation of absenteeism caused by nine different types of orofacial pain and also the amount of time the employee was kept from work. Results: Only 60 workers (15%) reported having missed work due to orofacial pain in the six months prior to the study. The prevalence of absenteeism resulting from orofacial pain was of 15%. The types of orofacial pain that resulted in absenteeism were: spontaneous toothache (9.7 %); toothache caused by cold or hot liquids or by sweet foodstuff (6.5%) and pain around and behind the eyes (3.2%). There was a predominance of absenteeism in half and full work shifts for the types of orofacial pain experienced. Associations between absenteeism from induced toothache and gender (p < 0.05), absenteeism and spontaneous toothache and family income (p = 0.011), and between absenteeism and the self awareness of their oral health condition, as well as the nine types of orofacial pain (p < 0.001) were observed. Conclusions: The prevalence of absenteeism as a result of orofacial pain was low.

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Author Biographies

Anderson Nardi, Universidade do Oeste de Santa Catarina (Unoesc)

MS, Universidade do Oeste de Santa Catarina (Unoesc), Joaçaba (SC)

Edgard Michel Crosato, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo (SP)

DDS, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Dentistry, Faculdade de Odontologia, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo (SP)

Maria Gabriela Haye Biazevic, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

DDS, MS, PhD, Post-doctored student, Department of Community Dentistry, Faculdade de Odontologia, USP, São Paulo (SP)

Edgard Crosato, Universidade de São Paulo

DDS, MS, PhD, Professor, Department of Community Dentistry, Faculdade de Odontologia, USP, São Paulo (SP)

Eduardo Pizzatto, aculdade de Odontologia, Universidade Positivo, Curitiba (PR)

DDS, MSPH, PhD, Professor, Faculdade de Odontologia, Universidade Positivo, Curitiba (PR)

Dagmar de Paula Queluz, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

DDS, MSPH, PhD, Professor, Department of Community Dentistry, Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas (SP)

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Published

2015-12-17

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Nardi A, Crosato EM, Biazevic MGH, Crosato E, Pizzatto E, Queluz D de P. Relationship between orofacial pain and absenteeism among workers in Southern Brazil. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2015 Dec. 17 [cited 2022 Nov. 28];8(1):50-4. Available from: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/bjos/article/view/8642350

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