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.

ORAL HYGIENE HABITS AND ATTITUDES IN A SCHOOL POPULATION IN L’AQUILA (ITALY)

GATTO, ROBERTO
2006-01-01

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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