Development of a new technique (ATP) for training visually impaired children in oral hygiene maintenance

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Authors: M. Hebbal and A.V. Ankola
Date: Oct. 2012
Publisher: European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
Document Type: Report
Length: 2,597 words
Lexile Measure: 1270L

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AIM: To develop a special oral health education technique and compare plaque scores before and after health education. STUDY DESIGN: Non-randomised before and after comparison trial without controls. METHODS: The final study population comprised of 96 visually impaired children aged 6-18 years old. Silness and Loe plaque index scores were recorded at baseline. 'Audio tactile performance technique' (ATP Technique) a specially designed health education method was used to educate these children regarding oral hygiene maintenance. Periodic reinforcement of health education was performed at an interval of 9 months. Re-examination was carried out after 18 months of health education to assess plaque scores. STATISTICS: Wilcoxon's sign rank test and paired t test was used to assess the difference between the scores before and after health education. RESULTS: There was increase in frequency of tooth brushing after health education. The mean plaque scores pre- and post-health education were 1.41 ([+ or -]0.58) and 0.63 ([+ or -]0.39) respectively. The difference was statistically significant (p Key words: Visually impaired, plaque scores, health education.

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