A Majority of the Adolescents are Satisfied with their Teeth and Know how to take Care of them -A study in the county of Jönköping
Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Pediatric dentistry has a long tradition of preventive care in Sweden. Therefore the aim was to assess experience of dental care, oral health behavior, attitudes and knowledge of dental care among 18-19 year-olds who had received free and regular dental care.
A questionnaire with questions about experience of dental care, oral health behavior, attitudes and knowledge about dental care was given to 180 students at two schools in the county of Jönköping.
Forty-three % had no experience of fillings with no gender differences (p > 0.05). Girls had more experiences from tooth extractions 59 % vs 33 % (p < 0.01). A majority brushed their teeth and 33 % used fluoride rinse with no gender differences (p > 0.05). When the dentist were considered professional it was more common to state the visit was nice (p < 0.01). Among boys it was more common to state that they will visit the dentist only when they are in pain 46 % vs 29 % (p < 0.05). Girls preferred to visit the dentist on a regularly basis to avoid future big expenses 54 % vs 37 % (p < 0.05).
The majority were satisfied with their teeth and knew how to take care of them. There were gender differences with more oral health related habits, and more fear among girls. The dentist approach appeared as important for attitudes to dental care. The cost of the visit seemed to be essential for future dental care on a regularly basis.
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Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-113641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-113641DiVA: diva2:886265
Stecksén Blicks, Christina