Oral Health and Dental Treatment Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior among Syrian School Children

Sulaf Hamid, Chaza Kouchaji

Abstract


Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of Syrian schoolchildren towards oral health and dental treatment.

Methods: Students of this study aged between 11-15 years old attending public schools completed a questionnaire that aimed to evaluate young schoolchildren’s behavior, knowledge, and perception of their oral health.

Results: 300 students participated in this study. Results of this study indicated that desire to improve oral health found to be high among children (80%). Dental Anxiety scores were also high (83%).Toothache was the major driving factor for dental visits (81.8%) and regular dental visits weren't necessary for most participants (87.5%). About (73.2%) of the children in this study have not recognized the importance of oral health to the well-being of the rest of the body. (53.8%) of them think that it's possible to treat a cavity at its early stage by brushing, while (28.4%) think that cavities are impossible to avoid.

Conclusions: The findings of this study had indicated that the participants had poor oral health behavior, insufficient knowledge, but positive attitudes regarding oral health and dental treatments.

Keywords


Oral health, knowledge, attitudes, behavior, Syrian

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