Oral hygiene and gingival health status among teenagers population lived in Al–Rashidiya, Ninevah

Abstract

The aim of this study is to evaluate the oral hygiene andgingival health among teenagers aged 13 to 16 years old livingin Al–Rashidiya in Mosul City.The sample consisted of 633 students (345 males and288 females) examined in their schools using plane mirrorsand periodontal probes. Plaque index by Silness and Löe(1964) and gingival index by Löe and Silness (1963) were usedfor detecting plaque and gingival scores respectively.The results showed that 31.9% and 31.3% of the samplebrush their teeth for males and females respectively while25.1% and 11.7% of students did not. A very highly significantdifference has been found in mean plaque and gingival scoresbetween those brushed their teeth and those not in all agegroups.The study revealed that mean plaque score for total malesand females were 1.01, 1.00 for those brush their teeth and1.32, 1.46 for those not and there is no significant differenceby sex. While the mean gingival score for total males and femaleswere 1.28, 1.31 for those brush their teeth and 1.63,1.76 for those not, with no significant difference between sex.It has been obvious that mean plaque and gingival indicesincreased with increasing age of the individual.