Oral health problems among foreign workers

Razak, Ishak Abdul (2002) Oral health problems among foreign workers. Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre (JUMMEC), 7 (1). pp. 46-51. ISSN 1823-7339,

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About 27% of the eligible respondents reported having experienced some form of dental problems in the preceding one year prior to the interview. Female respondents (57.1%) were more likely to have encountered a dental problem as compared to male respondents (22.6%). Of the various nationalities, the Thais (60.7%) and the Pakistanis were the most and least likely respectively to have encountered a dental problem in the preceding one year. This pattern among the Thais was consistent for both the male (48.4%) and female (70.6%) population. Toothache (85.0%) was reportedly the most prevalent dental problems encountered regardless of gender and nationality, followed by sensitivity to hot and cold drinks (34.4%). About 1 in 4 subjects who had dental problem reported having bleeding gums. About 1 in 4 subjects who had dental problems had consulted the doctor or dentists regarding their dental problem and one more than one-half had self-medicated. Overall the majority (84.4%) of the respondents have never visited the dentists in Malaysia. Lack of perceived need was cited as the main reason for this.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Migrant workers; oral health; utilization
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry
Depositing User: Mr Jasny Razali
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2020 03:42
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 03:42
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/24426

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