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Int Dent J. 2011 Oct;61(5):267-73. doi: 10.1111/j.1875-595X.2011.00071.x.

Determinants and promotion of oral hygiene behaviour in the Caribbean and Nepal.

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Department of Social & Organizational Psychology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.


The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of oral hygiene behaviour (OHB) based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) among dental care seekers in two cultural different regions: the Caribbean (Aruba/Bonaire) and Nepal. In addition, measures of oral health knowledge (OHK) and the expected social outcomes of having healthy teeth (ESO) were investigated. The main effects of the predictors as well as their interactions with region (Caribbean vs. Nepal) were examined. The interaction term contributed significantly to the amount of explained variance. In the Caribbean, OHB was determined by Attitude and Social Norms, and in Nepal by Perceived Behaviour Control and ESO. On the basis of these findings, quite different oral health care interventions are called for in developing and underdeveloped countries.

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