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INTERNATIONAL DENTAL JOURNAL OF STUDENTS RESEARCH - VOLUME 2 ISSUE 1, June-Nov 2013

Pages: 20-26

EATING HABITS AND ORAL HEALTH OF YOUNG CHILDREN

Author: Anusha .J.A1, Preethi Adusumilli2, Prabu3

Category: Original Research

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Abstract:

Objective : The  aim  of  this  study  is  to  determine  the  Oral   Health  And  Eating  Habits  Of  The  Young  Children in Chennai.

Materials and Methods: The study population comprised of students studying in Ramapuram and Porur, Chennai, Tamilnadu. Study sample comprised of total 500 students aged between 11, 13 and 15 years. A closed ended questionnaire was distributed and the participants were asked to fill it to obtain information on eating habits regarding the consumption of the breakfast, vegetables, fruits, soft drinks, skimmed milk everyday and  on   weekends   and also oral habits including their brushing habits . The questionnaire also included the about their  dental visit.

Result: This study showed that males of the above age group had good brushing habits and eating habits compared to females. Percentage of   males having breakfast on all weekdays is higher compared to females. This study also proved that males consuming vegetables and fruits regularly are higher in number whereas  females are comparatively lesser.

Conclusion : A balanced diet in adolescence is likely to reduce the risk of more immediate health problems  such as dental caries.and obesity. Patterns of eating are also important; those skipping breakfast are most likely to have difficulty in concentrating by mid-morning and are more likely to consume snacks high in fat , salt and sugar at other times during the day.

Keywords: Eating habits, Oral health, young children

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