Oral hygiene habits and oral problems reported by orthodontic patients Poster presented in Saudi Dental Society
(SD Annual Meeting)
Oral hygiene habits and oral problems reported by orthodontic patients
Author's name and degrees:
RANDA F. ABIDIA BDS, PHD, MSC, DDPH RCS
RASHA N. AL-OTAIBI*
(Oral Health Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University)
The aims of this study were to find out reported oral hygiene habits and oral problems of orthodontic patients and the preventive dental advice given to them during their treatment.
Method: The study was conducted in two government hospitals and six private orthodontic clinics in Riyadh using a self-administered questionnaire.
Results: 200 orthodontic patients completed the questionnaire. Mean age was 20 years old (SD±4.61). 72% were females and 28% were males. Oral hygiene habits showed 93% brushed ≥ 1/day using mostly an orthodontic brush (63.5%). 32% used an inter-dental brush, 9.5% used tufted dental floss and 3.5% used a single tufted brush as additional aids. 69% reported having at least one oral problem with sensitive teeth (26%) and bleeding gums (24.5%) most frequently reported. 21.5% were advised fluoride mouthwash, 35.5% were given detailed oral hygiene instructions and 47% were given dietary advice. 34% were referred to a dental hygienist.
In conclusion the great majority of orthodontic patients reported brushing daily with a minority using additional aids. A variety of oral problems were reported. Insufficient advice was given to them to prevent caries and gingivitis. The dental hygienist can have a major impact in preventive dental care yet only around one third were referred to one.
Summary of academic and scientific degrees:
Dr. Randa F. Abidia BDS, PHD, MSC, DDPH RCS
Associate professor and consultant in periodontology. I have been teaching dental hygiene students in the Dental Hygiene Program, Oral Health Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University since September 2000.
Rasha N. Al-Otaibi is a final year dental hygiene student in the Dental hygiene Program, Oral Health Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University.