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Oral Hygiene Facilitators and Barriers in Greek 10 Years Old Schoolchildren.

Angelopoulou M, Kavvadia K, Oulis C, Reppa C - Int J Clin Pediatr Dent (2015)

Bottom Line: Oral hygiene facilitators were found to be the concern about how clean were their teeth, oral health literacy of both children and parents and toothpaste appeal to children.Oral Hygiene Facilitators and Barriers in Greek 10 Years Old Schoolchildren.Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015;8(2):87-93.

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Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Developmental Sciences, Marquette University School of Dentistry, WI, United States.

ABSTRACT

Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the oral hygiene facilitators and barriers for 10 years old Greek children, via a questionnaire and clinical examination.

Materials and methods: This was a cross-sectional study of 266, 10 years old, children recruited from schools in 3 locations in Greece. Data were collected via questionnaires and clinical examination. Questionnaires referred to Children's oral hygiene knowledge, behavior and attitude as well as parents' oral hygiene behavior and educational level. Children were clinically examined by two calibrated pediatric dentists using a WHO probe and artificial light to assess dental plaque (hygiene index-HI), gingivitis (simplified gingival index-GIs) and dental caries (DMFT-BASCD criteria).

Results: Regarding oral hygiene knowledge, although 80% of the children were literate of the proper means of oral hygiene, only 58.64% brushed their teeth twice daily and 36.84% used dental floss. Children's oral hygiene knowledge was positively correlated with both parental brushing frequency (ρ = 0.175, p < 0.05) and educational level (ρ = -0.216, p < 0.05). Toothpaste use was reported by 92.11% of the children. Regarding Children's attitude, 62.28% were concerned whether their teeth were clean, with girls showing greater concern than boys (p < 0.001). Their reported beliefs regarding brushing avoidance were boredom (84.06%), low oral health literacy (73.91%) and forgetfulness (56.52%).

Conclusion: Oral hygiene facilitators were found to be the concern about how clean were their teeth, oral health literacy of both children and parents and toothpaste appeal to children. Oral hygiene barriers were Children's boredom, low oral health literacy, forgetfulness and low socioeconomic level. How to cite this article: Angelopoulou M, Kavvadia K, Oulis C, Reppa C. Oral Hygiene Facilitators and Barriers in Greek 10 Years Old Schoolchildren. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015;8(2):87-93.

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Mentions: Regarding brushing frequency, as presented in the pie chart in Graph 1, 58.64% reported that they brush their teeth at least twice a day. Toothpaste use was reported by 92.11% of the children and flossing by 36.84%.


Oral Hygiene Facilitators and Barriers in Greek 10 Years Old Schoolchildren.

Angelopoulou M, Kavvadia K, Oulis C, Reppa C - Int J Clin Pediatr Dent (2015)

Brushing frequency in 10 years old children
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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G1: Brushing frequency in 10 years old children
Mentions: Regarding brushing frequency, as presented in the pie chart in Graph 1, 58.64% reported that they brush their teeth at least twice a day. Toothpaste use was reported by 92.11% of the children and flossing by 36.84%.

Bottom Line: Oral hygiene facilitators were found to be the concern about how clean were their teeth, oral health literacy of both children and parents and toothpaste appeal to children.Oral Hygiene Facilitators and Barriers in Greek 10 Years Old Schoolchildren.Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015;8(2):87-93.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Developmental Sciences, Marquette University School of Dentistry, WI, United States.

ABSTRACT

Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the oral hygiene facilitators and barriers for 10 years old Greek children, via a questionnaire and clinical examination.

Materials and methods: This was a cross-sectional study of 266, 10 years old, children recruited from schools in 3 locations in Greece. Data were collected via questionnaires and clinical examination. Questionnaires referred to Children's oral hygiene knowledge, behavior and attitude as well as parents' oral hygiene behavior and educational level. Children were clinically examined by two calibrated pediatric dentists using a WHO probe and artificial light to assess dental plaque (hygiene index-HI), gingivitis (simplified gingival index-GIs) and dental caries (DMFT-BASCD criteria).

Results: Regarding oral hygiene knowledge, although 80% of the children were literate of the proper means of oral hygiene, only 58.64% brushed their teeth twice daily and 36.84% used dental floss. Children's oral hygiene knowledge was positively correlated with both parental brushing frequency (ρ = 0.175, p < 0.05) and educational level (ρ = -0.216, p < 0.05). Toothpaste use was reported by 92.11% of the children. Regarding Children's attitude, 62.28% were concerned whether their teeth were clean, with girls showing greater concern than boys (p < 0.001). Their reported beliefs regarding brushing avoidance were boredom (84.06%), low oral health literacy (73.91%) and forgetfulness (56.52%).

Conclusion: Oral hygiene facilitators were found to be the concern about how clean were their teeth, oral health literacy of both children and parents and toothpaste appeal to children. Oral hygiene barriers were Children's boredom, low oral health literacy, forgetfulness and low socioeconomic level. How to cite this article: Angelopoulou M, Kavvadia K, Oulis C, Reppa C. Oral Hygiene Facilitators and Barriers in Greek 10 Years Old Schoolchildren. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015;8(2):87-93.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus