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Research Article, Dent Health Curr Res Vol: 1 Issue: 1

Teenager's Oral Health and Oral Self-Care in Curacao

Yvonne AB Buunk-Werkhoven1* and Esther Reyerse2
1SPOH ARTS, International Oral Health Psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2Dental Clinic Chong and Associates, “Esther Building”, Curaçao
Corresponding author: Yvonne AB Buunk-Werkhoven
SPOH ARTS: International Oral Health Psychology, Rozenstraat 74a, 1016 NX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Oral Health
Received: July 31, 2015 Accepted: August 20, 2015 Published: August 28, 2015
Citation: Buunk-Werkhoven YAB, Reyerse E (2015) Teenagers’ Oral Health and Oral Self-Care in Curaçao. Dent Health Curr Res 1:1. doi:10.4172/2470-0886.1000102

Abstract

Teenagers’ Oral Health and Oral Self-Care in Curacao

This study was aimed to examine teenager's awareness of their personal oral health and of their oral self-care in Curacao, and to compare the oral hygiene habits in relation to age and gender. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 461 teenage boys and girls (12-18 years old) on the island of Curacao (Dutch West Indies). The data were collected from anonymous questionnaires in secondary schools during the 2013- 2014 school year. Items about socio-demographics and oral health behavior (e.g., visits and experiences with oral health professionals, sugar-intake, opinions, and preferences) were included and these variables were analyzed.

Keywords: Teenagers; Oral health awareness; Oral self-care; Gender; Curacao

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