Oral hygiene practice among the primary school children in selected rural areas of Bangladesh

  • AFM Sarwar Lecturer, Children, Preventive and Community Dentistry, Dhaka Dental College
  • MH Kabir Assistant Professor of Dentistry, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College
  • AFMM Rahman Head of the department of Pharmacology, Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College
  • A Haque Assistant Professor & Head, Department of Dental Public Health, Dhaka Dental College
  • MA Kasem Principal & Head, Children, Preventive and Community Dentistry, Dhaka Dental College
  • SA Ahmad Professor & Head, DOEH, NIPSOM
  • PK Debnath Lecturer, Children, Preventive and Community Dentistry, Dhaka Dental College
  • PC Mallick Assistant professor & Head Department of Dental Radiology, Dhaka Dental College
  • MM Hoque Lecturer, Children, Preventive and Community Dentistry, Dhaka Dental College
  • KA Hossain Assistant Professor & Head, Department of Dental Pharmacology, Dhaka Dental College
  • SI Khan Lecturer, Oral Anatomy and Histology, Dhaka Dental College
  • AHHU Ahmed Medical Officer, Department of Prosthodontics, BSMMU
  • S Parveen Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry of Dental Science, Dhaka Dental College
Keywords: bad mouth breath, bleeding gum, calculus, oral hygiene

Abstract

Objectives: To determine the oral hygiene practices, periodontal status and bad mouth breath (BMB) among the children age between 5 to 15 years.

Study participants and methods: This was a cross sectional descriptive study conducted at at four-selected primary school at Fultola and Juri Upazilla of Moulovi Bazar District. Total 250 children aged 515 years, were interviewed on oral hygiene practices and BMB using structured questionnaire and a checklist. Oral hygiene and periodontal status were assessed by using disposable dental explorer and a dental mirror.

Results: Oral hygiene practice were; where (66.8%) non tooth brush and tooth brush users were (33.2%). The prevalence of dental caries plaque, gingival bleeding and BMB on probing was (69.6%), (91.6%), (66.8 %) and (64%) respectively.

Conclusion: Bad mouth breath is a cause of concern among children associated significant factors were gum bleeding. Research involving clinical diagnosis of bad mouth breath and intervention through oral health promotion and periodontal therapy are recommended.

Clinical relevance: This study provides baseline information on oral health status and bad mouth breath which necessitates in the future need for objective assessment, diagnosis and management of bad mouth breath for enhanced social and professional interaction without embarrassments.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/jdnmch.v18i1.12240

J. Dhaka National Med. Coll. Hos. 2012; 18 (01): 43-48

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2012-10-19
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Sarwar, A., Kabir, M., Rahman, A., Haque, A., Kasem, M., Ahmad, S., Debnath, P., Mallick, P., Hoque, M., Hossain, K., Khan, S., Ahmed, A., & Parveen, S. (2012). Oral hygiene practice among the primary school children in selected rural areas of Bangladesh. Journal of Dhaka National Medical College & Hospital, 18(1), 43-48. https://doi.org/10.3329/jdnmch.v18i1.12240
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