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Behaviour and Knowledge about Dental Caries Prevention among Odontology Students in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, School of Dentistry.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Dental personnel have an important role in informing the general public about dental care and the positive effect of fluoride. The aim of this study was to investigate how studying at an odontology programme influences knowledge, behaviour and attitudes about dental care and fluoride. A questionnaire was constructed and distributed to odontology students at a basic and an advanced level of their studies at the University of Umeå and at the Karolinska Institute. Students at an Engineering programme at the University of Umeå, 7th semester, functioned as a control group. The questionnaire consisted of questions referring to habits and knowledge about oral care and fluoride. The students at an advanced level of an odontology programme were those who self-estimated their oral care behaviour as highest, followed by students at a basic level and then by students at the engineering programme. The knowledge about the positive and negative effects of fluoride was highest at the advanced level of the odontology programmes while the engineering programme showed the lowest knowledge. In conclusion the way of informing patients about the positive and negative effects of fluoride has to be improved in order to prevent the dental health from declining due to lack of knowledge in the public. But there should always be an individual assessment considering the patient’s age, the risk of developing dental caries and the amount of fluoride in the patient’s drinking water.    


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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-113647OAI: diva2:886306
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Dentistry Programme
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2016-02-08Bibliographically approved

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