European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 267–271 | Cite as

Evaluation of a new method of oral health education in children with cleft lip and palate

  • ACSP Franco
  • LLR Vitor
  • PK Jorge
  • FP Valarelli
  • TM OliveiraEmail author
Original Scientific Article



To evaluate the efficacy of an oral health educational programme in children with cleft lip and palate.


The sample comprised 38 children with cleft lip and palate: Group 1—dental prophylaxis; Group 2—education and motivation instructions in oral health and plaque control. Children were evaluated during six appointments, at 30-day intervals. The Patient Hygiene Performance (PHP) index was used to assess plaque control. To evaluate the knowledge on oral health a questionnaire was used. Baseline and 6-month PHP scores were compared through Mann–Whitney and Wilcoxon tests. The questionnaire scores were analysed through t test and paired-t test.


Baseline PHP indexes between Groups exhibited no statistically significant differences, while the 6-month PHP indices between Groups showed statistically differences (p < 0.001). Group 2 showed statistically significant differences between baseline and 6-month PHP index (p < 0.001). The comparison of Groups questionnaire scores showed no statistically significant differences neither at baseline nor after 6 months. In Group 1, the level of knowledge between baseline and 6-month periods did not show statistically differences, while Group 2 did.


The oral health educational programme improved the plaque control of children with cleft lip and palate.


Cleft palate Cleft lip Oral health Health education 



The research that led to this article was funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

Compliance with ethical standards

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Institutional Review Board regarding ethical aspects (protocol #639.305-CAAE #10174312.8.0000.5441) and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all caregivers of participants included in the study.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • ACSP Franco
    • 1
  • LLR Vitor
    • 2
  • PK Jorge
    • 2
  • FP Valarelli
    • 3
  • TM Oliveira
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Pediatric Dentist of Hospital for the Rehabilitation of Craniofacial AnomaliesUniversity of São PauloBauruBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Community Health, Bauru School of DentistryUniversity of São PauloBauruBrazil
  3. 3.Institute of Postgraduate Dental EducationBauruBrazil
  4. 4.Bauru Dental School and the Hospital for the Rehabilitation of Craniofacial AnomaliesUniversity of São PauloBauruBrazil

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