Dental Treatment Needs of 6-12-year old Children in Mashhad Orphanages in 2006

Mazhari, Fatemeh and Ajami, Behjatmolook and Ojrati, Najmeh (2008) Dental Treatment Needs of 6-12-year old Children in Mashhad Orphanages in 2006. Journal of Mashhad Dental School, 32 (1). pp. 81-86.

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Introduction: Since the health of children living in orphanages is related to the health policies implemented in those centers, evaluation of their health status, at least annually, can reveal the shortcomings and help to correct them. The purpose of this study was to determine dental treatment needs in 6-12-year old children in Mashhad orphanages. Materials & Method: This cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out on all 6-12-year old children (137 children) in Mashhad orphanages. Prevalence and severity of dental caries (using DMFT/dmft index), dental treatment need (using UTN index), gingival health status (using MGI index), and oral health status (using PI index) were evaluated. The data were analyzed using chi-square, and Mann-Whitney tests. Results: 42% of children were male and 58% were female. 73.7% and 43.8% of children had some types of treatment needs in their primary & permanent teeth respectively. The mean DMFT was 1.37±1.61 (1.38±1.64 in girls & 1.36±1.57 in boys). The mean dmft was 3.4±2.7(3.2±2.47 in girls & 3.61±3.0 in boys). 57.2% had poor oral health status (PI index). 67% had moderate and severe gingivitis (MGI index). Conclusion: Caries experience, especially in primary dentition was high in terms of prevalence and severity and most of the children had some types of treatment need. Effective oral health promotion strategies need to be implemented to improve the oral health of children living in orphanages. Key words: Dental treatment need, 6-12 year old children, Orphanage.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WU Dentistry. Oral surgery
Divisions: Journals > Journal of Mashhad Dental School
Depositing User: jmds jmds
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2017 13:06
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2017 13:06

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