Knowledge of periodontitis and self-perceived oral health : a survey of periodontal specialist patients

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Knowledge of periodontitis and self-perceived oral health : a survey of periodontal specialist patients

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dc.contributor.author Mårtensson, Carina
dc.contributor.author Söderfeldt, Björn
dc.contributor.author Axtelius, Björn
dc.contributor.author Andersson, Pia
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-14T07:50:57Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-14T07:50:57Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0347-9994 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16006
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to investigate changes in knowledge of periodontal disease among patients referred to periodontal specialist clinics. A further aim was to investigate the patients' self- perceived oral health before the treatment. Patients referred to five specialist clinics in periodontology for comprehensive periodontal treatment were consecutive sampled. The study was based on a questionnaire in a before and after design. The first questionnaire was sent to the patients before visiting the specialist clinic and the second was sent after six months. Four questions were analysed, two to measure knowledge about periodontitis and two to measure the patients self- perceived oral health. The first questionnaire was sent by post to 273 patients with a response rate of 31%. The second questionnaire was sent to 85 patients with a response rate of 73%. The results of the study showed a statistically significant improvement of correct answers on the knowledge questions after six months was found for scaling (p = 0.006), X-ray examination (p = 0.001) and increased space between the teeth (p = 0.001). The most frequent self-perceived trouble from the mouth was bleeding gum (70%) and sensitive teeth (51%). In conclusion knowledge of periodontitis improved after visiting the specialist clinic of periodontology. Many of the patients experienced some problems of the mouth en_US
dc.format.extent 10
dc.language.iso swe en_US
dc.publisher Sveriges tandläkarförbund en_US
dc.subject.classification Medicine en_US
dc.title Knowledge of periodontitis and self-perceived oral health : a survey of periodontal specialist patients en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Odontology
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Swedish dental journal;1
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 37 en_US
dc.format.ePage 58
dc.format.sPage 49
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