Oral Health Related Knowledge and Behavior Among Secondary School Students in Jazan Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
American Journal of Health Research
Volume 4, Issue 5, September 2016, Pages: 138-142
Received: Aug. 28, 2016; Accepted: Sep. 10, 2016; Published: Sep. 29, 2016
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Ismail Abbas Darout, Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Division of Periodontology, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ali Yehia Mubarky, Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Division of Periodontology, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Majed Ahmed Abduh, Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Division of Periodontology, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Abstract
Introduction: Awareness of oral health and related behavior are essential for prevention of dental caries andperiodontal diseases. This study explores secondary school students in Jazan region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the respect to frequency and quality of use and the socio-demographic distribution of oral health knowledge and behavior. Materials and methods: Five secondary schools (3 from urban and 2 from suburban) were selected to be involved in this study. Self-reported questionnaires were distributed randomly to be completed by the participants from each school after having read a consent letter. The data were processed and analyzed by means of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Results: Totally, 64.1% males and 71.5% females scored highly on knowledge of caries. The corresponding rates regarding the knowledge of gingivitis were 50.3% males and 50% females respectively. Toothbrushing and the use of miswak ≤ 2 times a day were confirmed by 83.7% males and 90% females and by 44.5% males and 40.3% females, respectively. The durations of toothbrushing and the use of miswak for > 2 minutes were confirmed by 43% males and 58.8% females and by 69.9% males and 72.5 females, respectively. Conclusion: Awareness of oral health issues is high, but specific misconceptions exist. There is gender equality in knowledge and practice of oral hygiene and that miswak stick was equally used with toothbrush for oral hygiene among secondary school students in Jazan.
Keywords
Chewing Sticks, Knowledge, Manual Toothbrush, Miswak Sticks, Oral Hygiene
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Ismail Abbas Darout, Ali Yehia Mubarky, Majed Ahmed Abduh, Oral Health Related Knowledge and Behavior Among Secondary School Students in Jazan Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, American Journal of Health Research. Vol. 4, No. 5, 2016, pp. 138-142. doi: 10.11648/j.ajhr.20160405.15
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