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Title: Oral hygiene status of Kuwaiti schoolchildren
Authors: Al Mutawa, S.A.
Shyama, M.
Al Duwairi, Y.
Soparkar, P.
Issue Date: 2011
Language: English
Abstract: A national epidemiological survey of children aged 5-14 years was conducted in all 5 governorates of Kuwait in 2001 to determine the oral hygiene status of Kuwaiti schoolchildren. Clinical examinations were carried out by calibrated dentists according to World Health Organization criteria. The debris index simplified [DI-S] score was used to assess oral hygiene status. Of the 3294 children, 3.9% were judged to have good oral hygiene [DI-S score: 0.3-0.6] 67% fair [score 0.7-1.8] and 29.1% poor [score 1.9-3.0]. The overall level of oral hygiene in the schoolchildren surveyed was fair [mean score 1.5]. DI-S scores were significantly higher for boys than girls [mean score 1.6 versus 1.5] but DI-S did not vary much by age. There were variations in DI-S scores across different governorates. Oral hygiene measures need to be reinforced for the schoolchildren in Kuwait and should form part of the school curriculum
Description: 387-391
Keywords: Oral Hygiene
Dental Health Services
Subject: Oral Hygiene Index
ISSN: 1020-3397
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