BIANCA IOANA TODOR, LUMINITA LIGIA VAIDA, ABEL EMANUEL MOCA, BIANCA NEGRUTIU, TEODORA STEFANESCU, ALEXANDRA IOANA LUCAN, IOANA SCROBOTA ASSESSMENT OF ORAL HYGIENE STATUS BY USING DISCLOSING AGENTS TO SCHOOLCHILDREN FROM RURAL AREAS
Poor oral hygiene, in terms of gingival bleeding and increasing accumulation of plaque and calculus with increasing age, have been reported among school-aged children, in both developed- and developing countries, causing unsatisfactory oral health among children. The aim of this study was to determine oral hygiene status by calculating Oral Hygiene Index -Simplified (OHI-S), using disclosing agents, and to examine whether socio-economic and behavioral correlates of oral hygiene status, in school children from rural areas, N-W Romania. For the highlighting of the bacterial plaque were used two tone dental plaque disclosing agent, which contains Erythrosine and Brilliant Blue FCF. The OHI-S index is divided according to its values in several categories as follows: very good hygiene = OHI-S Index between 0 and 1; good hygiene = OHI-S Index between 1.1 and 2; unsatisfactory hygiene = OHI-S Index between 2.1 and 3; poor hygiene = Index OHI-S between 3.1 and 6. The average value of the OHI-S index in children in rural areas of N-W Romania was 1.78, a higher value than most of the values identified in the bibliographical references. Using disclosing agents may improve oral health status in schoolchildren, by increasing the awareness of their personal oral hygiene condition.
Keywords: oral hygiene, disclosing agents, OHI-S, socio-economic status