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Global health
SP4-38 Impact of tooth brushing in plaque index in adolescents
  1. I Bica,
  2. M Cunha,
  3. J Costa,
  4. V Rodrigues,
  5. P Costa
  1. Superior Health School of Viseu, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Viseu, Portugal


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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