Assessing oral health status in north western Syria

January 2019


this assessment is one from a  series of white Smile oral health status assessments based on WHO Step-wise approach form the monitoring of non-communicable diseases and customized for oral health survey,

White Smile aims by this research to build a surveillance system for oral health in northern Syria region that would enable better programming of oral health initiatives

a total of 1095 WHO oral health self-assessment survey have been collected in January 2019 within host communities and IDPs in white Smile clinics in Idleb and Aleppo governorates .

highlights :

 (25.54%) do miss 12 or more of their all teeth, with (0.95%) having no teeth at all, (3.70%) having less than 10 teeth. age is progressively affecting the overall number of teeth, the average sample individual would have (85.29%) chance to have more than 20 teeth when he/she is adolescent, this percentage would drop to only (29.41%) when he/she passes the age of 50.

the elderly group is having (75.32%) falling under the average or worse gum health categories.  (16.48%) as very poor, (22.36%) as poor, and (36.48%) as average.

almost half of the elderly people are subjected to have a removable denture, this is particularly concerning as most of the charity clinics available in the area do not provide prosthodontic services as part of their primary dental care service.


(39.14%) of the interviewed sample did not visit the dentist since more than 1 year, Children was the worst group, only (21.62%) visited the dental clinic in the last 6 months. While the majority (45.95%) did not visit for more than one year.

Only (21.12%) of the interviewed population brush their teeth once or more per day, (8.27%) said that they never brush their teeth, (11.69%) brush once a month, (10.38%) brush a couple of times per month. (25.54%) Brush once a week. This reveal the important lack in oral hygiene awareness in the sampled group.


We had a very concerning (43.18%) from the children group who never brush their teeth, those who brush once or more among the children does not exceed (4.55%), which means that these children will be susceptible to worsening in their oral hygiene.

Read more in the full report ..

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