Dentition Status and Oral Health Practice among Hearing and Speech-Impaired Children: A Cross-sectional Study

Suma, G.; Das, Usha Mohan; Akshatha, B. S.
May 2011
International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry;May-Aug2011, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p105
Academic Journal
The main aim of this study was to assess the oral health status and oral hygiene practices in children with impaired hearing and speech. A total of 76 children in the age group of 5 to 18 years of both sexes were surveyed and information about their oral hygiene practices, previous dental visit and oral health knowledge were obtained through a questionnaire. Around 61% of the children had never visited a dentist, 82.89% and 17.11% of them brushed once and twice daily respectively. More than 90% of them cared about their teeth as much as any other part of the body. 42% of the children had dental caries, and gingivitis was seen in 35% of the children and malocclusion in 19% of them.


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