Oral Health Education Program on Dental Caries Incidence for School Children.

Jaime, R A; Saads Carvalho, Thiago; Bonini, G C; Imparato, Jcp; Mendes, F M (2015). Oral Health Education Program on Dental Caries Incidence for School Children. Journal of clinical pediatric dentistry, 39(3), pp. 277-283. Journal of Pedodontics Inc. 10.17796/1053-4628-39.3.277

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OBJECTIVE This 3-year retrospective controlled clinical trial assessed the effect of a school-based oral health education program on caries incidence in children. STUDY DESIGN A total of 240 students, aged 5 to 7 years, from two public schools in Monte Sião, Brazil, were included in this study. A school-based oral health education program was developed in one of the schools (experimental group), including 120 students, while the 120 students from the other school did not participate in the program (control group). All children were initially examined for dental caries (dmf-t), and after 3 years, 98 children from the experimental group and 96 from the control group were again examined and answered a questionnaire on oral health issues. The between-groups difference in caries incidence on permanent teeth was calculated using Poisson regression analyses. Logistic regression was used to observe the association between caries incidence and other variables. RESULTS More students from the experimental group stated knowing what was dental caries and declared that they use dental floss daily, but no significant differences in caries incidence was observed between the experimental and control groups. CONCLUSION The school-based oral health education program is not adequately efficient to decrease caries incidence after three years, but some issues about oral health knowledge could be slightly improved.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > School of Dental Medicine, Restorative Dentistry, Research
04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Saads Carvalho, Thiago

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1053-4628

Publisher:

Journal of Pedodontics Inc.

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thiago Saads Carvalho

Date Deposited:

29 Jul 2015 11:30

Last Modified:

10 Feb 2016 09:49

Publisher DOI:

10.17796/1053-4628-39.3.277

PubMed ID:

26208075

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Dental caries, dental education, prevention

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/70506

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