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Why Iranian adolescents do not brush their teeth: a qualitative study
Department of Public Health, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran.
Department of Health Education, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.
Department of Biostatistics, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.
Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Vishnu Dental College, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India.
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2012 (English)In: International Journal of Dental Hygiene, ISSN 1601-5029, E-ISSN 1601-5037, Vol. 10, no 2, 86-90 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To explore and describe attitudes towards tooth-brushing among Iranian adolescents.

Methods: A series of focus-group sessions were held with 37 Iranian adolescents in schools. The groups comprised five to eight adolescents. All focus-group discussions were tape-recorded and then transcribed verbatim. All transcripts, codes and categories were read several times to extract a theme. Data were analysed using a qualitative content analysis approach.

Results: Four major categories emerged from the analysis: brushing teeth is a necessary evil, parental influence on not brushing teeth, brushing teeth is insignificant, and brushing teeth is a health hazard. The theme identified in the latent content described that tooth-brushing is not part of the adolescents’ activities of daily living.

Conclusions: Health educators should stress on the engagement of parents, awareness of the adolescents on brushing techniques and causes of toothache, and address any misconceptions regarding tooth-brushing.

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2012. Vol. 10, no 2, 86-90 p.
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adolescents, dental brushing, oral health, qualitative analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17257DOI: 10.1111/j.1601-5037.2011.00513.xLocal ID: HHJADULTISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-17257DiVA: diva2:480446
Available from: 2012-01-19 Created: 2012-01-19 Last updated: 2015-10-14Bibliographically approved

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