The Effects of Education and Gender based Behaviour towards Oral Health in a Malaysian Town

Abdul Hameed
2009 Biohealth Science Bulletin   unpublished
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of educational level on the oral health status and more likely the gender based change of behaviour in adult persons.Methodology: Forty two (42) subjects amongst 19 males (45.2%) and 23 females (54.8%) participated in the study. The mean age was 35 years. All subjects under the age of 20 years were excluded to avoid scoring the deepened sulci associated with eruption of 3rd molar teeth. The oral health behaviours were targeted
more » ... rs were targeted using a questionnaire while the oral health status was determined through oral examination using pre--determined indices. Statistical analyses were done using SPSS soft ware.Results: It was found there was a great influence of education on the oral health of both male and female subjects while just gender had no role to assess the said objective. Furthermore, education level had a significant association with the use of fluoridated toothpaste, grinding of teeth during sleep and limitations in mouth opening. Moreover, upon oral examination a significant link was found between the educational level and oral hygiene status measured by Simplified Oral Hygiene Index (OHI--S).Conclusion: It can be concluded that oral health status is closely linked with education regardless of gender.