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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Predictors Of Dental Disease Among Youth Incarcerated At A Toronto-Area Youth Centre

MT Van Harten, HP Lawrence, C Quiñonez, D Goodman

Citation Information : Van Harten M, Lawrence H, Quiñonez C, Goodman D. Predictors Of Dental Disease Among Youth Incarcerated At A Toronto-Area Youth Centre. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2015; 9 (3):138-148.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-9-3-138

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-09-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Objective

To determine the oral health status of youth in a closed-custody facility in a large Canadian centre

Methods

A cross-sectional study of youth incarcerated ata Toronto-area facility was conducted from September 2010 till July 2011. Participants completed a survey on social, correctional and oral health histories, and underwent oral examination.

Results

Of 101adolescent participants, 81.2% had permanent teeth affected by tooth decay. In this group, an average of 4.39 teeth were affected and. the proportion of decayed teeth was 0.51. Race, custody history and case status were predictors of poor oral health.

CONCLUSIONS

By quantifying the need for oral health services and by identifying variables associated with greater dental disease, these findings may assist health care providers in youth correctional facilities with their program planning for their high-needs wards.


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