Attitudes towards the use of fluorides for oral health among Islamic clerics in Kelantan province, Malaysia

Nazita, Y. and Jaafar, N. and Doss, J.G. and Rahman, M.M.A. (2013) Attitudes towards the use of fluorides for oral health among Islamic clerics in Kelantan province, Malaysia. Community Dental Health, 30 (1). pp. 30-33. ISSN 0265-539X

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Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices of Imams (Islamic clerics) concerning fluoride toothpaste and fluoridated water to improve oral health in Kelantan. Basic research design: Cross sectional study of Imams in 65 registered mosques in Pasir Puteh district, Kelantan. Method and participants: Face-to-face interview, using structured questionnaire and some open ended questions. Results: Most of the 83 interviewees (82 participation rate) were unsure whether their toothpaste contained fluoride (64), only 25 were sure. More than one-third (37) were using fluoridated piped water. Most (87) had little knowledge of fluorides and more than two-thirds (69) had lacked positive attitudes towards its use. Television (54) was the most common source of information about fluorides, followed by newspapers (9). The main reasons given among the few who opposed fluoride use were i) fear of dangerous side effects (4) and ii) uncertainty about the halal status of fluoride (2), Attitudes were not associated with the use of fluoridated water supply (p=0.999), age (p=0.103), income (p=0.540) and location (p=0.999). Conclusion: Over two-thirds of Imams had little knowledge of and lacked positive attitudes towards fluoride use in toothpaste and piped water supplies.

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Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 119MY Times Cited: 0 Cited Reference Count: 12 Nazita, Y. Jaafar, N. Doss, J. G. Rahman, M. M. A. University of Malaya P0107/2009 This study was supported by Postgraduate Grant, University of Malaya; No P0107/2009. F d i world dental press ltd Lowestoft
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitude fluorides fluoridation toothpastes Muslims
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of Oral Pathology & Oral Medicine & Periodontology
Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 03:30
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2013 03:30

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