Assessment of various toothbrush grips used by visually impaired children for effective oral hygiene

Shweta Chandak, Ankita Moon, Suryakant Kumar and Pali Dhongde

Background: The most cited determinants of the effectiveness of toothbrushing in a child includes toothbrush design, brushing duration, parental involvement, brushing method, manipulative skill and manual dexterity. Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the tooth brushing ability and various toothbrush grips used in visually impaired children and its relation to oral hygiene. Materials and Methods: 100 visually impaired children including boys and girls aged 6 to 18 years from Dhyan Jyoti Nivasi Andha Vidhyalaya, Nagalwadi, Hingna, Nagpur were selected. On the basis of age group children were divided into three groups 6 to 10 years, 11-14 years, 15-18 years. Results: The most common grip used was power followed by distal oblique and the least common grip used was precision and visually impaired children have moderate to low grade of oral hygiene

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