Objective: The objective of this survey was to assess oral hygiene habits andcompliance with guidelines for good oral health set forth by the Italian Ministry of Health (IMH). Subjects and Methods: A sample of 2,200 self-administered questionnaires was sent to four dental clinics across Italy to assess sociodemographic information, oral hygiene habits, frequency of dental visits and services received at previous visits among a population of adult patients. Results: Of the 2,200 questionnaires, 1,201 (54.6%) were returned. Findings showed that full compliance with the IMH recommendations was low (12%): a small number of patients (n = 223, 18.6%) visited a dentist every 6 months and only 256 (23.5%) brushed their teeth at least twice a day. Conclusion: Our data showed that regular attendance (at least 1 visit/year) at dental clinics for routine check-up and brushing teeth at least twice a day were poor. Therefore, we recommend that clinicians educate and motivate their patients about the benefits of healthy oral hygiene practices

Self-Reported oral hygiene habits among dental patients in Italy / A. Villa, A.R. Kreimer, A. Polimeni, D. Cicciù, L. Strohmenger, E. Gherlone, S. Abati. - In: MEDICAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE. - ISSN 1011-7571. - 21:5(2012), pp. 452-456.

Self-Reported oral hygiene habits among dental patients in Italy

A. Villa
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L. Strohmenger;S. Abati
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2012

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Objective: The objective of this survey was to assess oral hygiene habits andcompliance with guidelines for good oral health set forth by the Italian Ministry of Health (IMH). Subjects and Methods: A sample of 2,200 self-administered questionnaires was sent to four dental clinics across Italy to assess sociodemographic information, oral hygiene habits, frequency of dental visits and services received at previous visits among a population of adult patients. Results: Of the 2,200 questionnaires, 1,201 (54.6%) were returned. Findings showed that full compliance with the IMH recommendations was low (12%): a small number of patients (n = 223, 18.6%) visited a dentist every 6 months and only 256 (23.5%) brushed their teeth at least twice a day. Conclusion: Our data showed that regular attendance (at least 1 visit/year) at dental clinics for routine check-up and brushing teeth at least twice a day were poor. Therefore, we recommend that clinicians educate and motivate their patients about the benefits of healthy oral hygiene practices
compliance ; education ; oral hygiene
Settore MED/28 - Malattie Odontostomatologiche
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