Disparities in Oral Health Behaviour among Young Adults in Mangalore, India: A Psychosocial PerspectiveCorrespondence Address :
Dr. G Rajesh,
Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences,
Manipal University, Light House Hill Road, Mangalore Ė 575001, Karnataka, India.
Introduction: Oral health inequalities imply unequal distribution of health and disease across socioeconomic gradients. Oral health related behaviour and its psychosocial antecedents can have a major impact on oral disease pathways in communities.
Aim: To ascertain disparities in oral health behaviour and its psychosocial antecedents among young adults in Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
Materials and Methods: Present study was carried out among 341 degree students at three randomly chosen institutions belonging to government, aided and private colleges in Mangalore. Oral health behaviour was assessed by a structured, pre-tested, self-administered questionnaire. Information about oral hygiene habits, tobacco use, sugar consumption, dental attendance patterns were collected. Respondent's self-reported gingivitis, perceived general and oral health, perceived need for care and locus of control were assessed. Information about demographic details was collected. Correlation analysis employed Pearsonís correlation coefficient and binary logistic regression analysis was employed with snacking as dependent variable.
Results: Twice daily brushing was significantly associated with gender (r=0.142, p=0.009), type of college (r=-0.164, p=0.003) and fatherís occupation (r=0.107, p=0.049), while tobacco use was significantly associated with gender (r=0.284, p=0.000), religion (r=-0.234, p=0.000), type of college (r=0.312, p=0.000), fatherís education (r=0.130, p=0.017) and occupation (r=0.120, p=0.027). Self-perceived oral health was significantly associated with snacking (r=0.173, p=0.001) and tobacco use (r=-0.261, p=0.000), while locus of control was associated with snacking (r=0.140, p=0.009). Regression analysis revealed that fatherís education (OR=0.399, p=0.014), self-perceived need for care (OR=0.354, p=0.009), and locus of control (OR=0.166, p=0.003) emerged as significant predictors of snacking behaviour.
Conclusion: Psychosocial antecedents were significantly associated with oral health behaviour among the respondents. Policy and decision makers should consider causes of causes while tackling oral health problems. Present study may contribute towards addressing oral health inequalities in developing nations, where oral health issues are compounded by a definite paucity of resources.
Causes of causes, Oral health inequalities, Psychosocial factors
G Rajesh, Simi Seemanthini, Dilip Naik, Keshava Pai, Ashwini Rao. DISPARITIES IN ORAL HEALTH BEHAVIOUR AMONG YOUNG ADULTS IN MANGALORE, INDIA: A PSYCHOSOCIAL PERSPECTIVE. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 April [cited: 2017 May 24 ]; 11:LC17-LC21. Available from
Date of Submission: Jan 15, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Feb 04, 2017
Date of Acceptance: Feb 09, 2017
Date of Publishing: Apr 01, 2017
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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