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Title: Racial differences in perception of oral health and oral health behaviours in Singapore.
Authors: Soh, G. 
Issue Date: 1992
Citation: Soh, G. (1992). Racial differences in perception of oral health and oral health behaviours in Singapore.. International dental journal 42 (4) : 234-240. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Knowledge of prevention can influence preventive dental behaviours. This study surveyed knowledge and preventive dental behaviours on the prevention of dental caries and gum disease among the adult population of the three major racial groups in Singapore. Respondents were asked to rate the importance of several preventive measures against dental caries and gum disease. Questions were also fielded on dental behaviours such as preventive visits to the dentist, toothbrushing and flossing. Results showed that there was a general lack of appreciation for the use of flossing, dental sealants and fluoride supplements. Although a majority of respondents thought that regular dental checkups would be essential for prevention, the proportion who actually saw the dentist for preventive care was significantly lower. Respondents provided inappropriate reasons for brushing their teeth. Differences in both preventive knowledge and preventive dental behaviours among racial groups were evident although these were attributed to differences in education and exposure to product information rather than to racial or cultural factors.
Source Title: International dental journal
ISSN: 00206539
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