Dental health status and treatment needs in the infantry regiment of the Malaysian Territorial Army

Jasmin, B.; Jaafar, N. (2011) Dental health status and treatment needs in the infantry regiment of the Malaysian Territorial Army. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23 (2). pp. 203-208. ISSN 1010-5395

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      Abstract

      The aim of this study was to determine the dental health status and treatment needs of personnel in the Infantry Regiment of the Malaysian Territorial Army (TA). This cross-sectional study involved stratified and systematic random sampling with a total sample size of 300. Dental health status and treatment needs were assessed using the standard WHO oral assessment criteria (1997). The prevalence of caries experience was 96 (mean +/- SD DMFT decayed, missing, filled teeth = 8.0 +/- 5.5). Active decay prevalence was high (85%; mean +/- SD = 3.6 +/- 3.1) indicating high unmet treatment need. Missing teeth prevalence was high (69%; mean +/- SD = 2.8 +/- 3.7). Filled teeth prevalence was low (56%, mean +/- SD = 1.5 +/- 2.0). In all, 90% of participants required some form of dental treatment, of whom 85% required restorative treatment, 5% advanced restorative treatment, 36.7% extractions, and 45.3% prosthetic treatment. These findings suggest that there was a high need for dental treatment in the Infantry Battalions of Malaysian TA Regiments and the service must be made available to cater to the needs.

      Item Type: Article
      Journal or Publication Title: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
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      Uncontrolled Keywords: Oral Health Dental Caries Treatment Needs Military Dental Services Emergencies Bosnia
      Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
      Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of Community Dentistry
      Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
      Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 09:57
      Last Modified: 12 Jul 2012 09:57
      URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3484

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