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Tooth brushing, tongue cleaning and snacking behaviour of dental technology and therapist students.

Azodo CC, Ehizele AO, Umoh A, Ojehanon PI, Akhionbare O, Okechukwu R, Igbinosa L - Libyan J Med (2010)

Bottom Line: Chewing stick was used by 51.7% of respondents in addition to the use of tooth brush.Tongue cleaning was done by 94.2% with only 9.5% using a tongue cleaner.Only 20.2% reported regular snacks consumption.

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Affiliation: Department of Periodontics, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin, Nigeria.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the tooth brushing, tongue cleaning and snacking behaviour of dental technology and therapist students.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study of students of Federal School of Dental Therapy and Technology Enugu, Nigeria. Self-administered questionnaire was used to obtain information on demography, frequency, duration and technique of tooth brushing and tongue cleaning as well as information on consumption of snacks.

Results: A total of 242 students responded. Dental technology students made up 52.5% of the respondents and dental therapist in training made up 47.5%. Majority (63.2%) of the respondents considered the strength of tooth brush when purchasing a tooth brush and 78.9% use tooth brushes with medium strength. Seven-tenth (71.9%) of the respondents brush their teeth twice daily and 52.1% brush for 3-5 minutes. About one-third (30.2%) brush their teeth in front of a mirror. Chewing stick was used by 51.7% of respondents in addition to the use of tooth brush. Tongue cleaning was done by 94.2% with only 9.5% using a tongue cleaner. Only 20.2% reported regular snacks consumption. Nine-tenth (90.4%) of respondents were previously involved in educating others, apart from their colleagues, on tooth brushing.

Conclusion: This survey revealed that most of the dental therapy and technology students had satisfactory tooth-brushing behaviour. The zeal to educate others about proper tooth brushing revealed in this study suggests that the students may be helpful in oral health promotion.

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Mentions: Majority (66.1%) consumed snacks occasionally and only 20.2% reported regular snack consumption. Meat pie (46.7%) was the most common snack consumed followed by biscuits (18.2%), cakes (11.2%), others include egg roll, chin-chin, ice cream and fruits (Fig. 1). Majority (92.6%) expressed confidence in teaching people how to brush properly and 90.5% had done that in the past, of which 35.1% had discussed with everybody they knew, i.e. parents, siblings, other relatives, friends and neighbours (Table 3).


Tooth brushing, tongue cleaning and snacking behaviour of dental technology and therapist students.

Azodo CC, Ehizele AO, Umoh A, Ojehanon PI, Akhionbare O, Okechukwu R, Igbinosa L - Libyan J Med (2010)

Frequency of snacking.
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Figure 0001: Frequency of snacking.
Mentions: Majority (66.1%) consumed snacks occasionally and only 20.2% reported regular snack consumption. Meat pie (46.7%) was the most common snack consumed followed by biscuits (18.2%), cakes (11.2%), others include egg roll, chin-chin, ice cream and fruits (Fig. 1). Majority (92.6%) expressed confidence in teaching people how to brush properly and 90.5% had done that in the past, of which 35.1% had discussed with everybody they knew, i.e. parents, siblings, other relatives, friends and neighbours (Table 3).

Bottom Line: Chewing stick was used by 51.7% of respondents in addition to the use of tooth brush.Tongue cleaning was done by 94.2% with only 9.5% using a tongue cleaner.Only 20.2% reported regular snacks consumption.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Periodontics, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin, Nigeria.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the tooth brushing, tongue cleaning and snacking behaviour of dental technology and therapist students.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study of students of Federal School of Dental Therapy and Technology Enugu, Nigeria. Self-administered questionnaire was used to obtain information on demography, frequency, duration and technique of tooth brushing and tongue cleaning as well as information on consumption of snacks.

Results: A total of 242 students responded. Dental technology students made up 52.5% of the respondents and dental therapist in training made up 47.5%. Majority (63.2%) of the respondents considered the strength of tooth brush when purchasing a tooth brush and 78.9% use tooth brushes with medium strength. Seven-tenth (71.9%) of the respondents brush their teeth twice daily and 52.1% brush for 3-5 minutes. About one-third (30.2%) brush their teeth in front of a mirror. Chewing stick was used by 51.7% of respondents in addition to the use of tooth brush. Tongue cleaning was done by 94.2% with only 9.5% using a tongue cleaner. Only 20.2% reported regular snacks consumption. Nine-tenth (90.4%) of respondents were previously involved in educating others, apart from their colleagues, on tooth brushing.

Conclusion: This survey revealed that most of the dental therapy and technology students had satisfactory tooth-brushing behaviour. The zeal to educate others about proper tooth brushing revealed in this study suggests that the students may be helpful in oral health promotion.

No MeSH data available.