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Self-perceived oral health among 19-year-olds in a Swedish County - A comparative study between 2004 and 2011
Linköping University. Region Östergötland, Public Dental Health Care.
Regional Örebro County, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Public Dental Health Care. Public Dent Serv Ostergotland, Sweden.
Region Östergötland, Public Dental Health Care.
2016 (English)In: Swedish Dental Journal, ISSN 0347-9994, Vol. 40, no 1, 53-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

For decades, Swedish dental professionals have collected clinical epidemiological data from the dental records. To supplement the epidemiology, Ostergotland County Council decided to examine patient perceptions of oral health: self-rated knowledge, self-perceived oral health, and opinions about oral health. The aim was to compare self-perceived oral health among 19-year-olds to determine differences between genders, various municipalities and between 2004 and 2011. This study analysed the responses from two cross-sectional surveys of the entire population of 19-year-olds in Ostergotland County, Sweden, performed in 2004 and 2011. Of the 2,413 (53 %) (50 % men, 50 % women) 19-year-olds who responded to the questionnaire in 2004 and the 3,803 (67 %) (50 % men, 50 % women) in 2011, most 19-year-olds (88.1 % [2004] and 87.5 % [am]) reported satisfaction with their oral health. Around half of the respondents rated their knowledge on periodontitis as low. Boys rated their knowledge about avoiding periodontitis higher than girls (p<0.05 in 2004 and p<0.001 in 2011). In 2004, 84.7 % reported shooting pain. In 2011 that figure was 83.7 %. The respondents expressed some uncertainty about the benefits of fluoride toothpaste (7.5 % in 2004 and 9.3 % in 2011), especially the boys (10.3 % in 2004 and 10.5 % in 2011). Girls reported both a higher social impact and greater concern about aesthetics related to their oral health. They also reported headache (27.5 %) nearly twice as often as boys (14.2 %) (p>0.001). Responses between the municipalities did not differ, with the exception of items regarding periodontitis. Thus, this study found indications that perceptions of oral health and knowledge in Ostergotland County complied with Swedish Dental Act. The study also found patient perceptions of oral health among 19-year-olds to be good.

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SWEDISH DENTAL JOURNAL , 2016. Vol. 40, no 1, 53-65 p.
Keyword [en]
adolescents; dental care; health knowledge; Oral health; questionnaires
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128985ISI: 000374716300007OAI: diva2:934771

Funding Agencies|Ostergotland County Council

Available from: 2016-06-09 Created: 2016-06-07 Last updated: 2016-06-27

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