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Oral hygiene habits and attitudes in a school population in L’Aquila (Italy)

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  /3/2006


Language:  English

Institution:  Department of Paediatric Dentistry University of L’Aquila, School of Dentistry

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue s.r.l.

Keywords:  Fluoride, Paediatric prevention, Child

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Title:  Oral hygiene habits and attitudes in a school population in L’Aquila (Italy)

Abstract:  Aim This study aims to analyse the results of a questionnaire submitted to students of the elementary schools in L’Aquila in order to understand their awareness of a correct caries prevention method by using fluoride. Materials and methods 4th and 5th grade students of elementary schools in L’Aquila were submitted to a questionnaire; from a total of 1205 students, age ranging from 8 to 12, 1094 were questioned; 7 children of 8 years old, 282 of 9, 555 of 10, 243 of 11, 8 of 12, and only 2 of 13, respectively (the last 2 were registered later at school because non-EU citizens). Results Among the Italian population with a low incidence of dental decay, a relatively limited group, called ‘high risk decay group’, revealed a higher incidence of the pathology than the standard one. Conclusion In a multiracial society, as ours, it is important to carry out an effective screening in order to recognize different categories of patients through simple questions inserted in the patient’s case history.

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