Major differences in oral health knowledge and behavior in a group of Iranian pre-university students: a cross-sectional study

Neamatollahi, H. and Ebrahimi, M. and Talebi, M. and Ardabili, M. H. and Kondori, K. (2011) Major differences in oral health knowledge and behavior in a group of Iranian pre-university students: a cross-sectional study. Journal of oral science, 53 (2). pp. 177-184.

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Abstract

To establish efficient methods for self-prevention of oral diseases, assessment of dental health behavior and knowledge in various social classes is necessary. The main purpose of this study was to determine the major differences in oral health knowledge and behavior in a group of Iranian pre-university students. In this cross-sectional study, 591 pre-university students from different regions of Mashhad, Iran were randomly selected to complete a questionnaire consisting of two parts including dental health behavior and knowledge. Scores were recorded and statistical analyses performed to determine the correlation between dental health behavior and knowledge. Data was analyzed with Student's t-test, one-way analysis of variance and Pearson correlation. The mean score of dental health knowledge was significantly lower than the dental health behavior (2.95 ± 0.02 vs. 3.31 ± 0.05, P < 0.001). This difference was observed with gender, birth location and major subject of study. The dental health behavior of Iranian pre-university students was inadequate and their dental health knowledge was at a lower level compared to their behavior. Experimental science students had better oral health behavior compared to other students.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :11 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Neamatollahi, H.
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent age article attitude to health comparative study cross-sectional study demography dental care dental device education educational status female health health behavior human Iran male mathematics parent questionnaire science sex difference student time tooth brushing Age Factors Cross-Sectional Studies Dental Devices, Home Care Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Humans Oral Health Parents Questionnaires Residence Characteristics Sex Factors Students Time Factors Toothbrushing
Subjects: WU Dentistry. Oral surgery
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib7 lib7
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2020 04:46
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2020 04:46
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/17082

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