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Title: Self-reported oral hygiene habits among dental patients in Italy.
Authors: Villa A,  Kreimer AR,  Polimeni A,  Cicciù D,  Strohmenger L,  Gherlone E,  Abati S
Journal: Med Princ Pract
Date: 2012
Branches: IIB
PubMed ID: 22488025
PMC ID: not available
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The objective of this survey was to assess oral hygiene habits and compliance with guidelines for good oral health set forth by the Italian Ministry of Health (IMH). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A sample of 2,200 self-administered questionnaires was sent to four dental clinics across Italy to assess sociodemographic information, oral hygiene habits, frequency of dental visits and services received at previous visits among a population of adult patients. RESULTS: Of the 2,200 questionnaires, 1,201 (54.6%) were returned. Findings showed that full compliance with the IMH recommendations was low (12%): a small number of patients (n = 223, 18.6%) visited a dentist every 6 months and only 256 (23.5%) brushed their teeth at least twice a day. CONCLUSION: Our data showed that regular attendance (at least 1 visit/year) at dental clinics for routine check-up and brushing teeth at least twice a day were poor. Therefore, we recommend that clinicians educate and motivate their patients about the benefits of healthy oral hygiene practices.