Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2014, vol. 20, issue 5
Subject Collection: Oral and Dental Medicine
Pages: 664-668
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2014205.664
Published online: 04 December 2014

J of IMAB 2014 Oct-Dec;20(5):664-668
Liliya DoichinovaCorresponding Autor, Nadezhda Mitova.
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

INTRODUCTION: Oral hygiene is an essential element of health education programs for schoolchildren.
AIM: The study aims to assess the skills when conducting oral hygiene of a group of schoolchildren and to conduct training in its rules.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study covers 30 children aged 6-12 years. The training was conducted by the methods of the visual pedagogy and implementation of the technique “Say, show, do”. The assessment of the oral-hygiene status was held by the simplified oral hygiene index-Greene & Vermillion.
RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The children do not have proper oral hygiene habits. The daily oral care is inadequate. The number of cleaned tooth surfaces during oral hygiene practice is small. Children have no developed proper oral hygiene skills, and brush only the vestibular surfaces of the teeth (80%), 13.3% the vestibular and the occlusal, and 6.7% only cover lingual surfaces too. The unsatisfactory oral hygiene status is also a result of using only one type of toothbrush movements.
The improvement of children's health knowledge should play key role in correcting their oral hygiene technique.

Key words: children, dental plaque, oral hygiene, tooth brushing techniques,

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Doichinova L, Mitova N. Assessment of oral hygiene habits in children 6 to 12 years. J of IMAB. 2014 Oct-Dec;20(5):664-668.

Correspondence to: Dr. Liliya Doichinova, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicinе – Sofia; 1, St. Georgi Sofiiski Blvd., 1431 Sofia, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 27 September 2014
Published online: 04 December 2014

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