Mazza, Clelia and Strohmenger, Laura and Campus, Guglielmo Giuseppe and Cagetti, Maria Grazia and Caruso, Filippo and Petersen, Poul Erik (2010) Oral health status of children living in Gorom-Gorom, Oudalan district, Burkina Faso. International Journal of Dentistry, Vol. 2010 , p. 1-6. eISSN 1687-8736. Article.
Aim. In order to set up the needs for intervention and to plan oral health prevention and care programmes, this paper aims to describe the oral health status and behaviour in children living in the municipality of Gorom-Gorom, Burkina Faso. Design. The sample size was 692 children, 334 females (48.3%) and 358 males (51.7%). Clinical and oral health related behaviours were collected. Results. 83.4% of the children were caries-free. Fluorosis was recorded in 41.3% of the sample, while only 37.9% of children showed healthy gingival condition. Toothbrushing was reported by 35.7% of children. A statistically significant association was found between caries experience and cleanliness of hands. Community Periodontal Index was statistically associated to toothbrushing and chewingstick use. Conclusion. As suggested by WHO's global strategies, integrated primary oral health care and services meeting the dental needs of the local population are necessary for children living in this area of Africa.
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