Prevalence and severity of plaque-induced gingivitis in a saudi adult population

Majdy M. Idrees, Saleh N. Azzeghaiby, Mohammad M. Hammad, Omar B. Kujan

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Objectives: To evaluate the prevalence and severity of plaque-induced gingivitis among a Saudi adult population in Riyadh region.

Results: Te prevalence of gingivitis was 100% among adult subjects aged between 18-40 years old. Moreover, the mean gingival index was 1.68±0.31, which indicates a moderate gingival inflammation. In fact, males showed more severe signs of gingival inflammation compared with females(p=0.001). In addition, the mean plaque index was 0.875±0.49, which indicates a good plaque status of the participants. Interestingly, the age was not related either to the gingival inflammation)p=0.13)or to the amount of plaque accumulation(p=0.17)However, males were more affected than females(p=0.005).

Conclusion: Te results of this study show that plaque accumulation is strongly associated with high prevalence of moderate to severe gingivitis among Saudi subjects.

Methods: Tree hundred and eighty-five eligible participants in this cross-sectional study were recruited from routine dental patients attending the oral diagnosis clinic at Al-Farabi College in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from June 2013 to December 2013. A clinical examination was performed by 2 dentists to measure the gingival and plaque indices of Löe and Silness for each participant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1373-1377
Number of pages5
JournalSaudi Medical Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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