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Is the use of fluoride toothpaste optimal? Knowledge, attitudes and behaviour concerning fluoride toothpaste and toothbrushing in different age groups in Sweden.

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Olga Jensen
Pia Gabre
Ulla Moberg Sköld
Dowen Birkhed
Publicerad i Community dentistry and oral epidemiology
Volym 40
Nummer/häfte 2
Sidor 175-184
ISSN 1600-0528
Publiceringsår 2012
Publicerad vid Institutionen för odontologi
Sidor 175-184
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0528.2011...
Ämnesord attitudes; behaviour; dental caries; fluoride toothpaste; knowledge; oral health; toothbrushing
Ämneskategorier Cariologi

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Objectives:  The most effective method to prevent caries is the regular use of fluoride toothpaste. The aim of this study was to evaluate self-care routines in a population by identifying knowledge, attitudes and behaviour relating to fluoride toothpaste and toothbrushing habits. Methods:  A questionnaire was sent to 3200 individuals in two municipalities in Sweden. Four age groups representing different life stages were chosen: 15-16, 31-35, 61-65 and 76-80 years of age. The participants were selected from the population register by random selection of birth dates. Results:  Totally 2023 (63%) individuals answered the questionnaire. The majority (84-94%) in all age groups brushed their teeth twice a day or more often. Good toothpaste behaviour identified as brushing at least twice a day, using at least 1 cm toothpaste, brushing 2 minutes or longer and using a small amount of water when rinsing was reported by only 10% of the respondents. The factors that increased the odds for having good caries-preventive behaviour were: (i) being female, (ii) being younger than 35 years, (iii) having knowledge about fluoride, (iv) finding use of fluoride toothpaste important and (v) rating own oral health as good. Conclusions:  The population seems to have embraced regular toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste to a large extent. However, regarding techniques for using fluoride toothpaste effectively, there was great potential for improvement, especially among the older respondents.

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