Journal article

Impact of rurality on the oral health status of 6-year-old children from central Chile: the EpiMaule study

RA Giacaman, IP Bustos, V Bravo-Leon, RJ Marino

RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH | AUSTRALIAN RURAL HEALTH EDUC NETWORK | Published : 2015

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was the assessment of dental caries and the gingival status of 6-year-old children living in the Maule region, Chile's most rural region, and to determine if rurality was related to a higher prevalence of oral conditions. METHODS: A representative sample of 485 children aged 6 years was examined using WHO methods. Children were chosen from schools belonging to urban and rural districts of the region. Caries status was obtained by deft (decayed, extracted, filled teeth), DMFT (decayed, missing, filled teeth) and SiC (Significant Caries) indexes. To assess gingival health status, the oral hygiene (OHI) and the gingival index (GI) were used. Urban and rural c..

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