Author(s): AlShammari KF, AlAnsari JM, AlKhabbaz AK, Dashti A, Honkala EJ
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to examine self-reported oral hygiene habits and oral health problems of a sample of adult Kuwaitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A self-administered, anonymous, structured questionnaire was distributed to 2,400 adult Kuwaiti nationals from all 6 governates of Kuwait assessing socio-demographic variables, oral hygiene habits, and oral health problems. RESULTS: Of the 2,400 questionnaires, 1,925 (80.25\%) responded. Of these, 62\% reported brushing their teeth at least twice daily, while daily use of dental floss was uncommon (11.8\%). Adequate toothbrushing habits were significantly associated with female gender, educational level, non-smoking status, and history of recent preventive dental visits (p = 0.001). The majority of subjects reported multiple oral health problems (64.7\% with 2 or more and 41.8\% with 3 or more). Factors associated with multiple oral health complaints included younger age, smoking, not having a recent preventive dental visit, and brushing the teeth less than twice daily. CONCLUSIONS: Less than two-thirds of the sampled adult Kuwaitis followed the recommended toothbrushing frequency of twice daily or more, and the majority of subjects have not had a preventive dental visit in the previous 6 months. Furthermore, most subjects reported multiple oral health problems that are mostly preventable through adequate oral hygiene habits and regular preventive dental visits. Copyright (c) 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel.
This article was published in Med Princ Pract
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pathology