Dental Care Interventions as Efforts to Reduce PUFA Index and Improve Nutritional Status in Children aged 9-12 Years in Orphanages
Keywords:Dental care interventions, PUFA Index, nutritional status.
The main problem in the child’s oral cavity to date is dental caries. Untreated dental caries could cause
difficulty eating and sleeping, experience pain, and need continuous care, so that it impacts on poor quality
of life, and health problems arise one of which is the condition of the child’s nutritional status. This research
aims at effectiveness Dental Care Interventions as Efforts to Reduce PUFA Index and Improve Nutritional
Status in Children aged 9-12 Years in Orphanages. Method: this study used a quasy experiment with a pretest
and posttest with control group design. This research was conducted at the Mizan Amanah Orphanage in
Cinere District, Depok City. Independent variable: Dental care intervention and dependent variable: PUPA
index and children’s nutritional status. Data tested using Wilcoxon/paired sample t-test and independent
t-test/mann whitney test and linear regression. Results: Dental care interventions were effective in reducing
PUPA index (p <0.001) and were effective in improving the status of children aged 9-12 years (p <0.011).
Conclusion: effective dental care interventions as efforts to reduce PUPA index and nutritional status of
children aged 9-12 years in orphanages
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