Determinants of oral health: does oral health literacy matter?

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Sistani , M M N , Yazdani , R , Virtanen , J I , Pakdaman , A & Murtomaa , H 2013 , ' Determinants of oral health: does oral health literacy matter? ' , ISRN Dentistry , vol. 2013 , 249591 . https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/249591

Title: Determinants of oral health: does oral health literacy matter?
Author: Sistani, Mohammad M.N.; Yazdani, Reza; Virtanen, Jorma Ilmari; Pakdaman, Afsaneh; Murtomaa, Heikki
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Public Health
University of Helsinki, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases
Date: 2013
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: ISRN Dentistry
ISSN: 2090-4371
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/162145
Abstract: Objective. To evaluate oral health literacy, independent of other oral health determinants, as a risk indicator for self-reported oral health. Methods. A cross-sectional population-based survey conducted in Tehran, Iran. Multiple logistic regression analysis served to estimate the predictive effect of oral health literacy on self-reported oral health status (good versus poor) controlling for socioeconomic and demographic factors and tooth-brushing behavior. Results. In all, among 1031 participants (mean age 36.3 (SD 12.9); 51% female), women reported brushing their teeth more frequently (P < 0.001) and scored higher for oral health literacy (mean 10.9 versus 10.2, P < 0.001). In the adjusted model, high age (OR = 1.01, 95% CI 1.003-1.034), low education (OR = 1.88, 95% CI 1.23-2.87), small living area in square meters per person (OR = 1.85, 95% CI 1.003-3.423), poor tooth brushing behavior (OR = 3.35, 95% CI 2.02-5.57), and low oral health literacy scores (OR = 1.58, 95% CI 1.02-2.45) were significant risk indicators for poor self-reported oral health. Conclusions. Low oral health literacy level, independent of education and other socioeconomic determinants, was a predictor for poor self-reported oral health and should be considered a vital determinant of oral health in countries with developing health care systems.
Subject: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
313 Dentistry
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