Oral Health Literacy and Oral Health Status among Adults Attending Dental College Hospital in India

Haridas, Reshmi and Shamrao, Supreetha and Ajagannanavar, Sunil Lingaraj and Tikare, Shreyas and Mathew, J Maliyil and Kalappa, Amrutha A (2014) Oral Health Literacy and Oral Health Status among Adults Attending Dental College Hospital in India. Journal of International Oral Health, 6 (6). pp. 1-6. ISSN 0976-1799

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Background: Low health literacy is one among many reasons why preventable diseases remain so common and why people often do not adopt healthy practices. It is important to detect patients with inadequate oral health literacy (OHL) and to improve the level of communication between the provider and the patient. This study was aimed to determine the relationship between OHL with selected socio-demographic variables and oral health status among adults in Virajpet, Karnataka, India. Materials and Methods: A convenience sample of 187 subjects from the out-patient department of Coorg-Institute of Dental Sciences Hospital administered the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Dentistry (REALD-30). The demographic variables and the oral health status were recorded for every participant using World Health Organization oral health survey proforma (1997). Data were analyzed using t-tests, analysis of variance, correlations and Kruskal–Wallis test. Results: The associations between REALD-30 scores and gender, age, and ethnicity were not statistically significant. Significant associations were found between REALD scores and the following oral-health related variables: Temperomandibular joint problems, prevalence of prosthetic need, CPI (Community Periodontal Index) and loss of attachment scores. REALD-30 scores were negatively correlated with DMFT (Decayed, Missing and Filled Teeth) scores and DAI (Dental Aesthetic Index) scores.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Dentistry
Divisions: College of Dentistry > Dentistry
Depositing User: Shreyas Tikare
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 14:19
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2017 14:19
URI: http://eprints.kku.edu.sa/id/eprint/2627

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