Tooth brushing behaviour in Asia: Understanding the barriers that impact oral health status

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Abstract

There have been significant improvements in oral health in the last 30 years particularly in children. This is true in the developed world, but not to the same extent in many developing countries. Asia has experienced little improvement in oral health. Inadequate oral hygiene habits have been identified as a major risk factor for oral disease. Investigating the profile of tooth brushing habits in countries in Asia will provide a valuable platform for guiding innovations to help in changing behaviour towards oral health care. The possible barriers to optimal oral hygiene habits for communities in Asia will be discussed. This paper will also include recommendations on some of the models that could be implemented to help improve oral hygiene habits in Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-236
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Dental Journal
Volume59
Issue number4 SUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2009

Keywords

  • Dental caries
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Prevention
  • Tooth brushing

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