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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17170

Title: Oral Health Policies in Toronto Daycare and Elementary Schools
Authors: Gartsbein, Elena
Advisor: Kulkarni, Gajanan
Department: Dentistry
Keywords: Oral Health
Children
Policy
Issue Date: 24-Feb-2009
Abstract: This study’s objectives were to: 1. Determine the prevalence of oral care policies in daycares and elementary schools. 2. Examine the availability of resources. 3. Analyze the results by neighborhood income class. Information was collected using a questionnaire. Differences in proportion of institutions with policy, comparisons between daycares and schools, and prevalence of policies by neighborhood income class were performed. Qualitative responses were categorized and interpreted from a qualitative standpoint. Most institutions did not have a policy regarding oral hygiene. Daycares were more likely to have a policy (17% vs. 5%, p<0.001), and more likely to have sinks for toothbrushing (85% vs. 51%, p<0.001). No significant difference in policy prevalence was found among income neighborhoods. Most institutions did not have a policy regarding oral hygiene. The findings suggest that there is a need for a uniform oral care policy in educational institutions, supported by appropriate resources for its implementation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17170
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Faculty of Dentistry - Master theses

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