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Oral health is an essential and integral part of overall health throughout human life.
The mouth is the mirror that reflects humans health and well-being.
Therefore the target of this study project was to determine the oral health status and its associated factors among the youth in Igembe sub-county, Meru county.
Stratified random sampling was used to select the study respondents.
Data was collected through a questionnaire which was adopted from the WHO Oral Survey Handbook.
Data was presented inform of tables, charts, frequencies and percentages.
The response rate was 100%.
The factors which had a significant association (P<0.001) with the prevalence of dental caries and periodontal diseases included; age, gender, level of education, income, Health care insurance, smoking, alcoholism and Miraa chewing.
After calculation of the Simplified Oral Hygiene Index (OHI-S), it was revealed that majority, 80% of the respondents have a poor oral health status.
I have a diploma in Environmental Health Sciences from Kenya Medical Training College.
I also have a degree in bachelor of sciences in Public Health from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and currently I am doing masters in Epidemiology.
I was raised by a single mother and I thank God for the far He has brought me.
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