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International journal of odontostomatology

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GAETE FORNO, María Jesús; CORDOVA CISTERNA, Camila  and  OLIVA MELLA, Patricio. Oral Health Status and Dental Assistance Control in 12-year-old School Children in the Penco Municipality, Biobío Region. Int. J. Odontostomat. [online]. 2013, vol.7, n.3, pp.389-394. ISSN 0718-381X.

Dental caries and periodontal disease have a high prevalence in the different age groups, creating a complex health problem. The objective of this study was to evaluate the state of oral health and dental attendance controls in 12-year-old patients at the elementary school in the town of Penco. We used a descriptive trans-sectional study with systematic sample of two hundred and fourteen (214) 12-year-old schoolchildren. The results showed a prevalence of caries of 61.03%, with no statistical difference between sexes (value p ~ 0.29). The COPD average was 3.44. Of the studied population 47% have been attended by the dentist in the last 6 months. The average COPD has declined in the last 10 years (from 4.77 to 3.44) with statistically significant value p ~ 0.00. According to the indicators observed, we conclude that 12-year-old school children have poor oral health and less than half have been monitored in the last 6 months.

Keywords : child oral health; oral health in school children; childhood dental controls.

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