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Original Article

Dentition Status and Oral Health Practice among Hearing and Speech-Impaired Children: A Cross-sectional Study

Usha Mohan Das, BS Akshatha

Keywords : Hearing-impaired, Speech-impaired, Dental caries, Disabled

Citation Information : Mohan Das U, Akshatha B. Dentition Status and Oral Health Practice among Hearing and Speech-Impaired Children: A Cross-sectional Study. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2011; 4 (2):105-108.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1091

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; The Author(s).


The main aim of this study was to assess the oral health status and oral hygiene practices in children with impaired hearing and speech. A total of 76 children in the age group of 5 to 18 years of both sexes were surveyed and information about their oral hygiene practices, previous dental visit and oral health knowledge were obtained through a questionnaire. Around 61% of the children had never visited a dentist, 82.89% and 17.11% of them brushed once and twice daily respectively. More than 90% of them cared about their teeth as much as any other part of the body. 42% of the children had dental caries, and gingivitis was seen in 35% of the children and malocclusion in 19% of them.

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