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Oral Hygiene Practices and Knowledge among Adolescents Aged between 15 and 17 Years Old during Fixed Orthodontic Treatment: Multicentre Study Conducted in France

Version 1 : Received: 10 January 2022 / Approved: 11 January 2022 / Online: 11 January 2022 (15:48:40 CET)

How to cite: Inquimbert, C.; Clement, C.; Couatarmanach, A.; Tramini, P.; Bourgeois, D.; Carrouel, F. Oral Hygiene Practices and Knowledge among Adolescents Aged between 15 and 17 Years Old during Fixed Orthodontic Treatment: Multicentre Study Conducted in France. Preprints 2022, 2022010150 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202201.0150.v1). Inquimbert, C.; Clement, C.; Couatarmanach, A.; Tramini, P.; Bourgeois, D.; Carrouel, F. Oral Hygiene Practices and Knowledge among Adolescents Aged between 15 and 17 Years Old during Fixed Orthodontic Treatment: Multicentre Study Conducted in France. Preprints 2022, 2022010150 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202201.0150.v1).

Abstract

The aims of this study were to assess oral health knowledge, attitudes, and practices among orthodontic patients between the ages of 15 and 17 years old compared to adolescents without orthodontic treatment. This cross-sectional study included 392 adolescents drawn from various French teaching hospitals. A closed-ended questionnaire was used to collect data. Adolescents undergoing orthodontic treatment had a higher knowledge of oral health than adolescents without orthodontic treatment. The majority of adolescents for both groups (69%) claimed to brush their teeth twice a day. Regarding complimentary dental material, 81.9% of adolescents without orthodontic treatment never used an interdental brush and 78.8% never used dental floss. For those undergoing orthodontic treatment, 48.5% never used interdental brush. Only 4% of adolescents without and 3% of adolescents with orthodontic treatment never consumed fizzy drinks, 4.9% and 3% never consumed sweets, 4% and 8.4% never ate fast-food. Adolescents without treatment consumed more sodas (p=0.04) and more fast food (p=0.03). Adolescents had insufficient knowledge of oral health. Health education programmes should be implemented to improve adolescents' knowledge and individual oral prophylaxis with interdental brushes.

Keywords

Oral Health; Adolescent; Knowledge, Practice, Behaviour

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Dentistry

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