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

Jasmin, B. and 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.

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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 01:57
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2019 07:46
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3484

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