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ERIC Number: ED127289
Record Type: RIE
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The Need of Dental Health Education: Exploring One Aspect of Malnutrition and its Relationship to Oral Health.
Chamberlain, Joyce E.; And Others
The purpose of this study is to present an experimental investigation of the manifestations of aphthous ulcers, glossitis, and cheilosis in the oral cavities of 25 subjects, the use of ferrous gluconate supplements for the control of the lesions in 13 subjects, and the hemoglobin levels at initial and final clinic visits of all subjects for time periods varying from one month to four years. On the basis of the findings and within the limitations posed, it is concluded that: (1) the presence of the oral lesions does not appear to be significantly related to hemoglobin levels, which fall well within the generally accepted normal limits; (2) although hemoglobin levels may fall within the generally accepted normal limits, ferrous gluconate supplements have a profound effect upon reversal of established oral lesions and the prevention of recurrences; (3) hemoglobin levels that are at the lower limits or below the recognized minimum normal range seem to accompany or promote the occurrence of oral lesions; (4) females appear to have a tendency toward occurence of iron deficiency more often than males, and therefore show more frequent manifestations of oral lesions apparently related to the hemoglobin level in the blood; (5)when ferrous gluconate supplements are prescribed for the management of oral lesions, subjects show an increase in hemoglobin determinations, and the majority show marked improvement in the oral conditions following treatment; (6) when ferrous glutonate supplements are not prescribed for the management of lesions, subjects show no improvement; and (7) although the regular intake of iron supplements is not recommended, some subjects require daily supplements. It is recommended that the relationship between nutrition and dental health be amplified in school health programs, expecially in underprivileged urban areas. (DMT)
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