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Does Instruction of Oral Health Behavior for Workers Improve Work Performance?—Quasi-Randomized Trial

  • Toyama, Naoki
  • Taniguchi-Tabata, Ayano
  • Sawada, Nanami
  • Sugiura, Yoshio
  • Fukuhara, Daiki
  • Uchida, Yoko
  • Miyai, Hisataka
  • Yokoi, Aya
  • Mizutani, Shinsuke
  • Ekuni, Daisuke
  • Morita, Manabu
Publication Date
Nov 24, 2018
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Oral disease can cause economic loss due to impaired work performance. Therefore, improvement of oral health status and prevention of oral disease is essential among workers. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether oral health-related behavioral modification intervention influences work performance or improves oral health behavior and oral health status among Japanese workers. We quasi-randomly separated participants into the intervention group or the control group at baseline. The intervention group received intensive oral health instruction at baseline and a self-assessment every three months. Both groups received oral examinations and answered the self-questionnaire at baseline and at one-year follow-up. At follow-up, the prevalence of subjects who use fluoride toothpastes and interdental brushes/dental floss were significantly higher in the intervention group than in the control group. Three variables (tooth brushing in workplace, using fluoride toothpaste, and experience of receiving tooth brushing instruction in a dental clinic) showed significant improvement only in the intervention group. On the other hand, work performance and oral status did not significantly change in either group. Our intensive oral health-related behavioral modification intervention improved oral health behavior, but neither work performance nor oral status, among Japanese workers.

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