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Description of oral hygiene in visually impaired people in the city of Ibarra, Ecuador

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Karina Reyes Espinoza ,
Karina Reyes Espinoza

Universidad Regional Autónoma de los Andes, Uniandes-Ecuador

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Helen López ,
Helen López

Universidad Regional Autónoma de los Andes, Uniandes-Ecuador

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Alejandro Jumbo ,
Alejandro Jumbo

Universidad Regional Autónoma de los Andes, Uniandes-Ecuador

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Milena Castillo ,
Milena Castillo

Universidad Regional Autónoma de los Andes, Uniandes-Ecuador

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Abstract

People with visual impairment face challenges in maintaining optimal oral hygiene, as they may lack knowledge of proper oral cleaning techniques. The objective of the study was to describe oral hygiene in people with visual impairment in the city of Ibarra, Ecuador. It was an observational, prospective, cross-sectional and descriptive study. Surveys were conducted with 30 blind people from the Center for Specialized Therapeutic Attention for People with Disabilities (CATEPED) in the city of Ibarra, Ecuador. The findings revealed that there was a significant prevalence of oral problems among the population studied. Despite showing good oral hygiene in general, the lack of knowledge about the use of fluoride toothpaste and the need to replace toothbrushes periodically are aspects of concern. These results highlight the importance of implementing educational and dental care programs specifically designed for people with visual impairment in order to improve their oral health and prevent dental disease. The need for increased attention to the oral health of people with visual impairment is highlighted, as well as the importance of education and access to appropriate dental services. These results highlight the importance of implementing educational and dental care programs specifically designed for people with visual impairment in order to improve their oral health and prevent dental disease. The need for increased attention to the oral health of people with visual impairment is highlighted, as well as the importance of education and access to appropriate dental services. The results underscore the importance of addressing the specific needs of this population, both in terms of oral hygiene awareness and in the provision of tailored dental care. It is critical to develop comprehensive strategies that address existing barriers and promote optimal oral health for people with visual impairment

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Reyes Espinoza K, López H, Jumbo A, Castillo M. Description of oral hygiene in visually impaired people in the city of Ibarra, Ecuador. Salud, Ciencia y Tecnología [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 4 [cited 2024 May 28];4:928. Available from: https://revista.saludcyt.ar/ojs/index.php/sct/article/view/928

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