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Oral health knowledge and behavior among male health sciences college students in Kuwait

Authors
  • Al-Ansari, Jassem1
  • Honkala, Eino2
  • Honkala, Sisko2
  • 1 College of Health Sciences, The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Department of Oral & Dental Health, Kuwait , (Kuwait)
  • 2 Kuwait University, Department of Developmental and Preventive Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Kuwait , (Kuwait)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Oral Health
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
May 07, 2003
Volume
3
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6831-3-2
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

BackgroundHealth auxiliary personnel have an important role in oral health promotion when they graduate and start working in the health care system. This study aims to find out oral health knowledge and oral health behavior of male Health Sciences College students.MethodsA questionnaire was distributed to all students at the male Health Sciences College in Kuwait (N = 153) during the academic year 2001/2002. The students filled the anonymous questionnaire in the class after the lecture. The response rate was 84% (n = 128). The questions consisted information on the general background, oral health behavior and oral health knowledge.ResultsOral health knowledge seemed to be limited and very few background factors were associated with it. More than half of the students had visited a dentist during the previous 12 months, but only one third of students were brushing twice a day or more often.ConclusionsIt may be concluded that the male Health Sciences College students seemed to have appropriate knowledge on some oral health topics, but limited knowledge on the others. Their toothbrushing practices are still far behind the international recommendation (twice a day) and also the knowledge, why it should be done so frequently also very limited.

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