A survey on oral hygiene practices among Malaysian adults

Esa, R. and Razak, I.A. and Jallaudin, R.L. and Jaafar, N. (1992) A survey on oral hygiene practices among Malaysian adults. Clinical Preventive Dentistry, 14 (1). pp. 23-27. ISSN 0163-9633,


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A survey on oral hygiene practices was conducted on 537 dentate adult patients aged 15 years and over. The aim of this study was to investigate the variation in dental behavior with regards to socio-demographic factors, namely age, sex, ethnicity, income, education and occupational status. Patients attending nine randomly selected government dental clinics were interviewed on their daily oral hygiene practices. The majority (89.7) of the subjects reported that they brushed their teeth, 68 used toothpaste containing fluoride, but only 8.4 flossed their teeth. Generally the younger group had better oral hygiene habits. The higher the socioeconomic status of the adults, the better their toothcleaning practices. Awareness concerning dental floss was low regardless of all the socio-demographic variables. It was concluded that there is a need to improve the dental health practices of adults in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996): 2 Export Date: 3 July 2012 Source: Scopus PubMed ID: 1499238 Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Esa, R.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent adult article chi square distribution human Malaysia mouth hygiene socioeconomics Chi-Square Distribution Oral Hygiene Socioeconomic Factors Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of Community Dentistry
Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 01:48
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2012 01:48
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3496

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