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J Clin Periodontol. 2010 Jan;37(1):46-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.2009.01497.x. Epub 2009 Nov 24.

The relationship between Sense of Coherence and toothbrushing behaviours in Iranian adolescents in Mashhad.

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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, UK. mojtabadorri@yahoo.com

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of this study was to assess the association between Sense of Coherence (SOC) and toothbrushing behaviours in Iranian adolescents in Mashhad.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A representative stratified random sample of 1054 grade 6 Iranian students, living in Mashhad, answered a 37-item questionnaire with questions on socio-demographic characteristics, frequency of toothbrushing behaviours and Antonovsky's 13-item SOC scale. Binary logistic regression was used to test the association between SOC and toothbrushing behaviours.

RESULTS:

Higher SOC scores were significantly associated with more frequent toothbrushing behaviours (p=0.01). This positive association remained significant after adjusting for sex and father's education level (p=0.01). When testing this association for the boys and girls separately, the association was significant only for girls (p=0.02). However, the interaction between sex and SOC was not significant (p=0.56). The association between toothbrushing and sex remained significant after adjusting for SOC (p<0.001). Boys had a significantly stronger SOC than girls (p=0.04).

CONCLUSIONS:

SOC was associated with toothbrushing frequency in Iranian adolescents in Mashhad. SOC did not fully explain the sex difference in toothbrushing behaviours.

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