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Gaceta Médica Espirituana

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YERO MIER, Ileana María et al. Educative intervention related to dental caries risk perception in 7th grade students. Sancti Spíritus. Gac Méd Espirit [online]. 2020, vol.22, n.2, pp.51-60.  Epub Aug 02, 2020. ISSN 1608-8921.


The poor knowledge and the low risk perception of the students are causes for dental caries constitute an oral health problem.


To evaluate the effectiveness of an educational intervention on dental caries risk perception in 7th grade students.


A quasi-experimental study was carried out, with a previous and further design from September 2018 to February 2019, the population consisted of 196, it was not necessary to apply a sampling technique, since the characteristics of extension and location of the population, made possible the interaction of the researcher with all the subjects. The variables used: knowledge about dental caries prevention, risk perception and oral hygiene, the methods: theoretical, empirical (survey) and descriptive statistics.


The knowledge before the intervention was insufficient in 40.8 %, 78 % had no risk perception and 40.8 % poor oral hygiene. After the intervention 74 % had sufficient knowledge, 89.8 % risk perception and 79.1 % good oral hygiene.


The intervention was effective because it managed to raise the level of knowledge and risk perception in students, as well as good oral hygiene.

Keywords : Dental caries; knowledge; risk perception; education; prevention & control; oral hygiene; oral health.

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