Oral Status and Oral Health Behavior among Health Personnel in Suwannakuha District Nongbualamphu Province

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Alisa Tirarattanasompoch Pirasut Rodanant Komsun Lapauthaya


Background and objectives: Health personnel are the person who provide treatment, provide health advice to the public and be the role model of health. Therefore, health personnel should have appropriate health behavior and proper oral status. This study aimed to explore oral status, oral health behavior and factors related to oral health behavior of health personnel in Suwannakuha district, Nongbualamphu province.

Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among health personnel in Suwannakuha district, Nongbualamphu province from May to October 2018. Samples were drawn by stratified random sampling according to occupational characteristics. Oral health status, oral health behavior and factors were collected using the questionnaires created by the researchers. Data were analyzed by using frequency, percentage, mean and standard deviation. Chi-square and independent t-test statistics were used to analyze relationship between the factors and oral health behavior.

Results: From 177 health personnel, about 1/3 had extracted the functional tooth, more than 1/3 had dental caries and more than 3/5 had periodontitis. 75% of health personnel had inappropriate dental check-up behavior, 57% had inappropriate oral hygiene care behavior and 41% had inappropriate eating/teeth- misuse behavior. The results showed that oral health attitude and occupational characteristics were related to all 3 behavior. Oral health knowledge was related to dental check-up and oral hygiene care behavior. Oral self-perception and health leadership values ​​were related to oral hygiene care and eating/teeth-misuse behavior. Duty in providing oral health advice was related to dental check-up behavior.

Conclusion: Health personnel in Suwannakuha district Nongbualamphu province should receive dental treatment and promoting oral health behavior by changing attitudes, providing oral health knowledge, raise awareness of their own oral health perception, supporting health leadership values ​​and duty in providing oral health advice. Promoting oral health behavior should consider the differences in the occupational characteristics of personnel as well.

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