Frequency of tooth brushing and associated factors in Mexican schoolchildren six to nine years of age.

J. F. Casanova-Rosado, A. A. Vallejos-Sánchez, M. Minaya-Sánchez, C. E. Medina-Solís, R. De La Rosa-Santillana, M. L. Márquez-Corona, Gerardo Maupome

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To determine the prevalence of daily tooth brushing and evaluate some variables associated. A cross-sectional study was carried out in 320 schoolchildren six to nine years old in Campeche, Mexico. Information on sociodemographic and socio-economic variables, oral hygiene practices and attitudes were collected through a questionnaire. The frequency of tooth brushing was categorized as "0" = fewer than seven times/week, "1" = at least once a day. In the analysis, nonparametric tests were used. Mean age was 6.99 +/- 1.00 years, 52.5% were boys. The prevalence of daily tooth brushing was 81.6%. In bivariate analysis, the prevalence of tooth brushing was higher (p <0.05) among the children of mothers with higher schooling (9.80 years vs 8.47 years, p <0.05), and in younger children (84.6% in 6-7-year olds vs 71.2% in 8-9-year olds, p <0.05). A slight, non-significant association (p <0.10) was noted between the current frequency of tooth brushing and an earlier age when the child first started brushing with toothpaste. There were no statistically significant differences (p > 0.05) in the frequency of tooth brushing by gender or by the mother's attitude toward the oral health of her child. The prevalence of daily tooth brushing was high compared to other studies. Mother's maximum level of schooling (as an indicator of socio-economic position) was associated with higher frequency of tooth brushing. Maternal characteristics are associated with the oral health behaviour of their children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-72
Number of pages5
JournalThe West Indian medical journal
Volume62
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Casanova-Rosado, J. F., Vallejos-Sánchez, A. A., Minaya-Sánchez, M., Medina-Solís, C. E., De La Rosa-Santillana, R., Márquez-Corona, M. L., & Maupome, G. (2013). Frequency of tooth brushing and associated factors in Mexican schoolchildren six to nine years of age. The West Indian medical journal, 62(1), 68-72.

Frequency of tooth brushing and associated factors in Mexican schoolchildren six to nine years of age. / Casanova-Rosado, J. F.; Vallejos-Sánchez, A. A.; Minaya-Sánchez, M.; Medina-Solís, C. E.; De La Rosa-Santillana, R.; Márquez-Corona, M. L.; Maupome, Gerardo.

In: The West Indian medical journal, Vol. 62, No. 1, 01.2013, p. 68-72.

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Casanova-Rosado, JF, Vallejos-Sánchez, AA, Minaya-Sánchez, M, Medina-Solís, CE, De La Rosa-Santillana, R, Márquez-Corona, ML & Maupome, G 2013, 'Frequency of tooth brushing and associated factors in Mexican schoolchildren six to nine years of age.', The West Indian medical journal, vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 68-72.
Casanova-Rosado JF, Vallejos-Sánchez AA, Minaya-Sánchez M, Medina-Solís CE, De La Rosa-Santillana R, Márquez-Corona ML et al. Frequency of tooth brushing and associated factors in Mexican schoolchildren six to nine years of age. The West Indian medical journal. 2013 Jan;62(1):68-72.
Casanova-Rosado, J. F. ; Vallejos-Sánchez, A. A. ; Minaya-Sánchez, M. ; Medina-Solís, C. E. ; De La Rosa-Santillana, R. ; Márquez-Corona, M. L. ; Maupome, Gerardo. / Frequency of tooth brushing and associated factors in Mexican schoolchildren six to nine years of age. In: The West Indian medical journal. 2013 ; Vol. 62, No. 1. pp. 68-72.
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