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IJHSR. 2016; 6(9): 420-425

Adolescentís Oral Health - A Review.

Nagaland T, Sushi Kadanakuppe, Rekha Raju.

Adolescence is the period of transition that occurs between childhood and adulthood in years. Oral health is often neglected in adolescent population due to poor nutritional habits, poor self- care dental habits and vulnerability to illicit practices adversely affecting the quality of life. The purpose of this article was to summarize the available information regarding their oral health status, oral health practices, and habits, and to discuss the barriers in delivering oral health care. Data from original scientific papers published in Pub Med, Pub Med Central, and Google Scholar were taken for review. Search was accompanied with the keywords such as adolescents, children, oral health and treatment needs. Articles published in English language only were included. The review found that, oral health status was poor with oral diseases like caries, with increased illicit practices.

Key words: Adolescents, oral health, oral habits, treatment needs.

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