Fluoride toothpaste utilization behaviour among preschool children in Perlis, Malaysia

Tay, H.L. and Zainudin, I.S. and Jaafar, N. (2009) Fluoride toothpaste utilization behaviour among preschool children in Perlis, Malaysia. Community Dental Health, 26 (4). pp. 211-215. ISSN 0265-539X, DOI https://doi.org/10.1922/CDH_2281Luk05.


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Background Very mild fluorosis is quite prevalent in children and one of the sources may be attributed to poor fluoride toothpaste utilization habits. Aim To investigate the frequency of toothbrushing, parental supervision, the person who usually applied the toothpaste, toothpaste swallowing and spitting habits, size of toothbrush, type of toothpaste used and amount of toothpaste used by shape and weight. Methodology Observational cross-sectional study of a representative random sample of 373 children aged 5-6 year-old. The children were interviewed using a structured close ended questionnaire. Direct observations were made on their toothpaste dispensing habit during a toothbrushing exercise. Results All children reported practising toothbrushine with 90 on a daily basis. Almost all used fluoridated toothpaste (91.4). About one-half (50.7) reported that their parents never supervised them. More than one-third of children used adult toothpaste and 60.1 of the toothpaste was flavoured. Most (92) used toothbrush meant for children. About 40 applied a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. The mean weight of toothpaste applied was 0.43g (SD+0.35g). Conclusions The majority used the recommended child-sized toothbrush and toothpaste that contained fluoride but less than one-half of the parents supervised their children. Most children used flavoured children's toothpaste but a sizable proportion used toothpastes meant for adults. The amount applied by shape and weight exceeded the amount recommended by experts.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Fluoride fluorosis preschool children toothpaste ingestion dentifrice risk
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of Community Dentistry
Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 03:19
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2012 03:19
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3487

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