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Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2018 Mar;21:379-384. doi: 10.1016/j.pdpdt.2018.01.012. Epub 2018 Jan 31.

Effect of an oral health education program based on the use of quantitative light-induced fluorescence technology in Uzbekistan adolescents.

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1
Department of Preventive Dentistry, Tashkent State Dental Institute, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
2
Department of Preventive Dentistry & Public Oral Health, BK21 PLUS Project, Oral Science Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Dentistry, Republic of Korea.
3
Department of Preventive Dentistry, Tashkent State Dental Institute, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Electronic address: drkbi@yuhs.ac.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study was to determine whether an oral health education program using a Qscan device based on quantitative light-induced fluorescence (QLF) technology could improve the oral hygiene status and oral health literacy of adolescents.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

One hundred adolescents aged 14-16 years attending a school in Tashkent city were included in this study. The participants were assigned to the following two groups using permuted block randomization technique: (i) control group (traditional learning) and (ii) experimental group (Qscan device-based learning). The participants included in the experimental group received additional education and training on dental plaque removal using the Qscan device. The accumulated levels of plaque were assessed in all participants, who also completed questionnaires about their oral health status, oral health knowledge, attitude, and behavior during an 8-week period.

RESULTS:

There were statistically significant improvements in the experimental group compared to the control group in the plaque index (0.46 vs 0.07, p < .05), oral health knowledge (19.4 vs 28.8, p < .05), attitude (16.7 vs 20.2, p < .05), and behavior (19.9 vs 30.5, p < .05).

CONCLUSIONS:

This study has demonstrated that an oral health education program based on the use of QLF technology could be useful for improving the oral hygiene status and oral health literacy of adolescents in Uzbekistan.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Oral health education; Oral hygiene; QLF technology; Qscan device

PMID:
29378255
DOI:
10.1016/j.pdpdt.2018.01.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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