Promoting better oral health practices among aboriginal Taiwanese adolescents: A school based oral health education intervention program

Yi Hsin Yang, Rouh Lan Sue, Saman Warnakulasuriya, Ananda P. Dasanayake

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test the efficacy of an educational program aimed at improving oral health knowledge and behaviors in junior high school students in indigenous communities in Taiwan. Two junior high schools were randomly selected. Students in the intervention school received an oral health education program. Both groups received structured questionnaires to assess their oral health practices and risk behaviors at baseline and after the intervention. The intervention group had statistically significant positive changes in their oral health knowledge (p<.001), an increase in tooth-brushing frequency (p<.001), and a decrease in tobacco use (p=.01). Most (87%) students considered the educational program excellent or good. Carefully designed health education programs delivered within schools in areas with limited access to health care can improve the students' knowledge and reduce their risk behaviors which may prove to be a mechanism that ultimately reduces health disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-50
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Volume20
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Nov 2009

Keywords

  • Betel quid chewing
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Oral health intervention
  • Tooth-brushing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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