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Attitudes to oral health among adolescents with high caries risk
Public Dental Clinic, Varberg, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
2007 (English)In: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6357, E-ISSN 1502-3850, Vol. 65, no 4, p. 206-213Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective:

To explore and describe attitudes to oral health among adolescents with high caries risk.

Material and methods. A strategic selection of 45 subjects (15 to 19 years of age) assessed with high caries risk were invited to participate in the study, and 7 girls and 10 boys gave their informed consent. Semi-structured interviews performed, recorded, and transcribed verbatim were evaluated using qualitative content analysis.

Results:

Three categories and seven associated subcategories could be determined, and cognitive consistency in parallel with emotional inconsistency in relation to oral health was disclosed. On a cognitive level, attitudes to oral health were characterized by an awareness of the determinants (diet, plaque, fluoride) for caries. Fresh breath and even, white, teeth were considered signs of good oral health. Breath and esthetic appearance were important inducements for home care. Although toothbrushing was considered the most important activity for maintaining good oral health, forgetfulness and lack of time were the main reasons for not brushing. The provision of adequate information on caries risk was perceived as important. On the emotional level, the three subcategories were: (i) a positive attitude to oral health and clear self-confidence that improved health would be achieved, (ii) an impassive attitude that everything would be all right and fixed by the dentist, and (iii) a negative attitude characterized by frustration and a tendency to give up.

Conclusions:

Allowing adolescents with high caries risk to relate their views on oral health is important for dental professionals when encouraging patients at caries risk towards healthy behavior.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Informa Healthcare, 2007. Vol. 65, no 4, p. 206-213
Keywords [en]
Oral health beliefs, Oral knowledge, Quality content analysis
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Dentistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-3400DOI: 10.1080/00016350701317258ISI: 000249180800004PubMedID: 17762982Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34548319734OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-3400DiVA, id: diva2:297900
Available from: 2010-02-19 Created: 2009-12-01 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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