ORAL HEALTH OF OPERATING FLEET BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINE CREWS: A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY.
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL CENTER GROTON CONN SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB
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A cross-sectional survey of two fleet ballistic missile submarine crews revealed no remarkable oral health factors. A close relationship was found between oral hygiene levels and periodontal health. The personal oral hygiene of the FBM submariner was found to be better than that of other submarine groups studied. About 12 per cent of the men were found to be in need of early dental care just prior to patrol. It is concluded that no adverse effects of FBM submarine service on oral health could be demonstrated however, in view of the isolated nature of the FBM patrols great stress needs to be placed on personal oral hygiene and regular professional dental care. Author
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Hygiene and Sanitation