Promoting oral hygiene behavior in recruits in the Dutch army

Yvonne Buunk-Werkhoven, Arie Dijkstra, Henk van der Wal, Nina Basic, Steven A Loomans, Cees van der Schans, Rob van der Meer

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To make practical recommendations for improving oral hygiene behavior (OHB) potential predictors based on the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) were assessed. Measurements of oral health knowledge (OHK) and the expected social effect for having healthy teeth were included.

METHODS: 216 recruits in the Dutch Army ground forces completed a questionnaire about oral hygiene behavior, attitudes, social norms, perceived behavioral control (PBC), intention to perform optimal OHB, OHK, and expected social outcomes.

RESULTS: The multivariate regression analysis revealed that attitude and PBC explained 37.2% of the variance in intention to perform optimal oral hygiene behavior, which is a substantial proportion. Furthermore, actual oral hygiene behavior was only predicted by attitude, explaining 7.1% of the variance.

CONCLUSION: The present findings suggest that recruits' oral hygiene behavior may be improved by promoting a more positive attitude and especially by enhancing perceived behavior control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-976
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume174
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • oral hygiene
  • adolescents
  • recruits

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Buunk-Werkhoven, Y., Dijkstra, A., van der Wal, H., Basic, N., Loomans, S. A., van der Schans, C., & van der Meer, R. (2009). Promoting oral hygiene behavior in recruits in the Dutch army. Military medicine, 174(9), 971-976.
Buunk-Werkhoven, Yvonne ; Dijkstra, Arie ; van der Wal, Henk ; Basic, Nina ; Loomans, Steven A ; van der Schans, Cees ; van der Meer, Rob. / Promoting oral hygiene behavior in recruits in the Dutch army. In: Military medicine. 2009 ; Vol. 174, No. 9. pp. 971-976.
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Promoting oral hygiene behavior in recruits in the Dutch army. / Buunk-Werkhoven, Yvonne; Dijkstra, Arie; van der Wal, Henk; Basic, Nina; Loomans, Steven A; van der Schans, Cees; van der Meer, Rob.

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Buunk-Werkhoven Y, Dijkstra A, van der Wal H, Basic N, Loomans SA, van der Schans C et al. Promoting oral hygiene behavior in recruits in the Dutch army. Military medicine. 2009 Sep;174(9):971-976.