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Socioeconomic, hygiene status predict kids' oral health

from Dr. Bicuspid

Lower socioeconomic status and ineffective oral hygiene habits directly predicted gingivitis in 12-year-olds in a new study. However, positive oral health beliefs and higher self-esteem predicted more frequent toothbrushing, which linked directly to more effective oral hygiene, the researchers reported in the Journal of Periodontology. The cross-sectional study aimed to evaluate the effect that socioeconomic status had on the dental health, self-esteem, toothbrushing frequency, oral hygiene effectiveness, and gingivitis in adolescents with low social status. The research included about 400 male and female students from Manaus, Brazil. more

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