The Dental Fitness of Army War College Students, Class of 1985.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The purpose of the study was to determine the dental fitness of the Army War College military students, Class of 1985. The information is intended to be used to provide information to help motivate the senior Army leadership in support of the proposed Army Oral Health Fitness Program. All soldiers need to be physically fit and ready for combat. Dental emergencies have been a significant factor in the past by taking soldiers away from their mission at inappropriate times both in peace and war. This potential loss of fighting strength can be largely prevented by an aggressive dental fitness program initiated by the Dental Corps and fully supported by Army leadership. The study found that, on arrival at the Army War College, 74 of the Class was in Acceptable Dental Fitness, Fourteen students 6 had dental conditions which could be potential dental emergencies within a year. Forty students 20 were in an unknown status, either because they had not seen a dentist in over a year or, they neglected to turn in their records to the Carlisle Dental clinic. Dental fitness was improved significantly over nine months so that 82 were in acceptable dental fitness, 1 a potential dental emergency, and 17 unknown. Forty-one 41 students did not have panoramic x-rays in their dental records as of April 1985. The study recommended dental fitness be incorporated into the Army War College physical fitness assessment program. Author
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