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Oral hygiene habits and dental health awareness of Kenyan children aged 9-15 years in a peri-urban and urban school.
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PMID:  8513743     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The oral hygiene habits and dental health awareness of 541 Kenyan children from a peri-urban and urban school and aged 9-15 years, were investigated. 80.2% of the urban children and 43.1% of the peri-urban children had visited a dentist before. 12.4% of the urban children and 9.2% of the peri-urban children knew that bacteria cause dental caries. Over 87% of the children from either school knew that dental caries and periodontitis can be prevented. The main reason for visiting a dentist was to have tooth extraction. Failure to brush teeth was believed to be the cause of gingival bleeding by 38.9% of the peri-urban children and 37.6% of the urban children. 67.2% of the peri-urban children and 39.5% of the urban children brushed their teeth thrice daily. 21.1% of the peri-urban children and 2% of the urban children used a chewing stick to brush their teeth. More urban children (96.5%) used a toothbrush than peri-urban children (64.8%). None of the children from either school admitted using traditional cleaning aids such as the finger and charcoal. It is concluded that there were no consistent differences in oral hygiene habits and dental health awareness between peri-urban and urban children.
J T Kaimenyi; F L Ndungu; S W Maina; M Chindia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  East African medical journal     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0012-835X     ISO Abbreviation:  East Afr Med J     Publication Date:  1993 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-07-21     Completed Date:  1993-07-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372766     Medline TA:  East Afr Med J     Country:  KENYA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  67-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dental Surgery, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Dental Health Surveys
Health Education, Dental*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Oral Hygiene*
Urban Population

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