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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

versão impressa ISSN 1413-8123versão On-line ISSN 1678-4561

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BULGARELLI, Alexandre Favero; ZACHARIAS, Fabiana Costa Machado; MESTRINER, Soraya Fernandes  e  PINTO, Ione Carvalho. A postmodern perspective regarding older adults’ oral health. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2020, vol.25, n.2, pp.741-748.  Epub 03-Fev-2020. ISSN 1413-8123.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1413-81232020252.14862018.

This article aims to comprehend meaning assigned to oral health, by means of older adults discourses, supported by a Social Constructionist perspective. This is a qualitative study with a descriptive and comprehensive design based on the Social Constructionism theoretical support conducted by means of interviews with 19 older adults. Data were analysed by means of a Discourse Analysis with identification of Interpretative Repertoires, which structured the meanings proposed to oral health. It were created repertories to disclosure possible meanings assigned to the oral health by older people as: having a clean mouth; having good comprehensive/general health; having a beautiful smile and oral health well-being condition; and suffering in the past and accepting pain. The meaning assigned to oral health by older people, in a social constructionist perspective, allow us to comprehend the subjectivity behind oral health of older people, which can guide health professionals’ approaches to deal with it.

Palavras-chave : Aged; Dental care for aged; Public health; Qualitative research; Social perception.

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