Relationship between oral health literacy and denture use for tooth loss among adults in Indonesia

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Abstract

Oral health literacy (OHL) refers to an individual's competence to obtain process and understand basic oral health information and services needed to seek appropriate oral health care. A high OHL score indicates that a person is able to use oral health information to maintain their oral health and choose treatment, such as treatment to replace lost teeth with dentures. However, the rate of denture use by people in Indonesia remains low. The aim of this study was to analyze the correlation between OHL score and denture use. We conducted a cross-sectional study with 70 respondents in Depok, Jawa Barat, using the Health Literacy in Dentistry (HeLD-29) instrument to assess OHL score and clinical examinations for denture use and to classify tooth loss. We observed a correlation between OHL score and denture usage (p < 0.05).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1050-1054
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of International Dental and Medical Research
Volume12
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Denture
  • Oral health literacy
  • Tooth loss

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