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Childrens' dental health in County Clare 1991
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|Title: ||Childrens' dental health in County Clare 1991|
|Affiliation: ||University College Cork WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Services Research|
|Publisher: ||University College Cork WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Services Research|
|Issue Date: ||Sep-1991 |
|Description: ||Caries levels appear to have declined when compared with data from the Mid Western
Health Board as a whole collected in 1984. However, one quarter to one-third
of children still suffer from high levels of caries. The treatment of caries is at a level which
is less than satisfactory particularly in 8-year-old children. Also, fissure sealants are not
being used to their full potential for the prevention of caries.
Most parents know that the consumption of sugar containing snacks on a regular
basis is harmful to the teeth, however, many of their children still consume such snacks
twice a day or more.
Plaque control among children is poor, as evidenced by the high proportion with
bleeding gums or with calculus on their teeth. Yet, most children reportedly brush their
teeth at least once a day thus indicating an ineffective tooth brushing technique by
These factors indicate the potential merit of deploying dental hygienists and dental health
educators for the provision of preventive services in the County Clare area. The
deployment of such staff would allow the existing dentists in the area more time to
complete the backlog of restorative work required. It is recommended that this action be
undertaken as a pilot scheme in which the effectiveness and efficiency of the strategy
could be measured.
Another finding of the survey was that water fluoridation is continuing to result in reduced
caries levels and is likely also to be having an indirect effect on children in non-fluoridated
areas via foods manufactured or processed with fluoridated water.
Finally, parents of 8-year-old children surveyed, find the services most acceptable|
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