Objectives To evaluate the plaque index and oral hygiene habits of adolescents.
Methodology Tranversal and descriptive study in a sample of 189 adolescents aged between 11 and 17 years of age. Data collection was conducted through a questionnaire to adolescents about oral hygiene. There has yet to assess the plaque index simplified by applying the developer board.
Results For the Plaque Index Simplified the vast majority (98.9%) of adolescents reveals plaque. Most (69.3%) of teens brush their teeth twice a day, 54.5% of those referred to brush your teeth, tongue and gums and 60.8% state that it takes 2–5 min to perform brushing. However 36% never runs brushing at night. The deficient oral hygiene habits (46.6%) and good oral hygiene habits (46%) among the adolescents are very similar.
Conclusion The results suggest that there is need to develop with teenagers individualised training and supervision of proper brushing of teeth.
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