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Compliance of children and youngsters in the use of mouthguards

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Abstract – 

The purpose of the study was to examine the compliance of children wearing their mouthguards, and to evaluate socio-environmental factors that impact upon the usage of the device. Eighty children attending the student clinic of the Hadassah School of Dental Medicine received mouthguards free of charge. One year later, 69 participants and their parents answered a survey aimed at gaining information regarding compliance and comfort when wearing the mouthguard correlated with gender, ages of parents and child, number of siblings, position of child in the family, socio-economic status, education of parents and past dental injuries of siblings or parents. Twenty-nine percent of the children never wore the mouthguard, 32% wore it sometimes, 15.9% wore it when necessary at the beginning but stopped after one month and 23.2% wore the mouthguard whenever needed. About 68% of the participants still possessed the mouthguard one year after receiving it, 44.9% reported that they did not wear the mouthguard because they forgot and 42% reported that the reason for not wearing the appliance was because it was not comfortable. Seventy-seven percent of the parents were not aware of the existence of this appliance prior to this study. In addition, 47.9% stated that dentists had not offered such treatment to them in the past, 20.8% indicated that their child had never possessed a mouthguard before due to its significant expense and 39.6% stated that they would not invest in this treatment in the future because their child would not wear the appliance. Boys were more comfortable wearing the mouthguard than girls. The younger the child and the later s/he was in the sibling order of the family, the more likely s/he was to lose the mouthguard.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Private practice. Submitted as part of the requirement for DMD degree at the Hadassah School of Dental Medicine Jerusalem, Israel 2: Department of Orthodontics 3: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, The Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Dental Medicine Founded by the Alpha Omega Fraternity, Jerusalem, Israel

Publication date: August 1, 2008


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