Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 3 - 2020
Association between Education level and Oral Health Behaviors in Qatari Adults
Najat Abdrabbo Alyafei1* and Bushra Naaz Fathima Jaleel2
1Head of Oral Public Health Operations, Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar
2Oral Public Health Coordinator, Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar
*Corresponding Author: Najat Abdrabbo Alyafei, Head of Oral Public Health Operations, Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar.
Received: February 12, 2020; Published: February 28, 2020




Abstract

Background: Oral health behaviors are culturally influenced. By focusing on several specific educational levels this study elaborates how persons from various educational backgrounds think, behave, or perceive information.

Objectives: To evaluate the association between education level and oral health behaviors among Qatari adults.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted among 859 Qatari adults, aged between 18 and 72 years to evaluate their oral health behaviors. The data was analyzed using frequencies, percentages, Chi-square test and analysis of residual test.

Results: 61.8% of the Qatari adults cleaned their teeth more than one time in a day. The majority of respondents were willingly to accept oral hygiene instructions given at each dental visit and cooperate for their oral hygiene assessment at each dental appointment. Qatari adults with higher levels of education adopted the oral hygiene instructions, which is viewed as an explicitly positive oral health behavior. Qatari adults with no formal education however, are more likely to avoid brushing completely, while interestingly, the graduate degree holders were more likely to clean their teeth before special occasions like parties or gatherings for better social acceptability. 

Conclusion: In order to organize effective community oriented oral health promotion programs systematic analysis of the oral health status of the people of Qatar would be essential, including information on their Oral health Behaviors and oral hygiene practices. 

Keywords: Oral Health Behavior; Education Level; Qatari Adults

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Citation: Najat Abdrabbo Alyafei and Bushra Naaz Fathima Jaleel. “Association between Education level and Oral Health Behaviors in Qatari Adults”. EC Dental Science 19.3 (2020): 01-11.

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