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2003, Vol. 5, No. 4



Restorative Factors that Affect the Biomechanics of the Dental Implant


The Influence of Sodium Fluoride on Chemiluminescence of Neutrophilic Leukocytes

Evaluation of Dental Health of Dental Students at Kaunas University of Medicine

Bone Mineral Density and Radiographic Mandibular Body Height

An in vitro study of the Sealing Ability of Materials Used for Furcation Perforation Treatment

Factors influencing the health of periodontal tissue and intensity of dental caries

Status of Individual Dosimetry for Dentists in Lithuania in year 1996-2001


An Atraumatic Technique for Fabricating Precise Impressions

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Factors influencing the health of periodontal tissue and intensity of dental caries

Eduardas Kelbauskas, Solveiga Kelbauskiene, Pajauta Paipaliene


Having examined 613 of young men whose average age was 21 year, we determined that the most common diseases they had were periodontal diseases (97.2 percent) and dental caries (99 percent). The aim of our work was to find out the factors influencing the status of periodontal diseases and structure of dental caries intensity.

The analysis of the research findings showed that the state of periodontal tissues had direct connection with oral hygiene. The CPITN index of the young men whose oral hygiene is bad appeared to be much higher than that of the men whose oral hygiene is good. Smoking has a negative effect on the periodontal health. Besides, it was determined that the oral hygiene of the men living in the country and having a poorer education was worse than that of the men living in the city.

Smoking and living in the country has no influence on the intensity of dental caries. The intensity of dental caries rises with age. But the whole range of factors influencing the structure of dental caries index (DMF-S) was determined. According to our findings, the number of the decayed tooth surfaces depended on the education, living place, oral hygiene and smoking habits of the young men. The findings of the logistical regression showed that poor education and living in the country, irregular teeth brushing, satisfactory and bad oral hygiene, and smoking are the most important factors connected with a great number of untreated decayed tooth surfaces.

Key words: oral hygiene, smoking, education, periodontal diseases, dental caries

Address correspondence to Dr. Eduardas Kelbauskas: Clinic of Dental and Oral Pathology, 2 Eiveniu str., Kaunas, Lithuania.

Received: 22 10 2003

Accepted for publishing: 27 11 2003