A Strategy for Encouraging Young Adults' Adoption of a Preferred Oral Hygiene Technique

Reinhardt CH, Noack MJ, Wassmer G, Hurrelmann K, Klein K (2010)
ORAL HEALTH & PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY 8(1): 3-8.

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Purpose: Adherence to dental preventive programmes in young adults is low. The aim of the present longitudinal study was to evaluate whether tutoring peers can be a compliance-enhancing tool or not Methods: In Part 1, two randomly selected classes (49 female students, mean age 19 8 +/- 2.3 years) were taught adult toothbrushing technique (the modified Bass technique) in a project-like manner After the course, knowledge was tested using a class test, and compliance was evaluated using anonymous quantitative questionnaires Compliance was defined as a reported degree of change from the easy-to-learn childhood toothbrushing techniques to the more efficient and challenging Bass technique. In Part 2 of the present longitudinal study, the compliance of these students was re-evaluated after having developed and applied themselves a programme of how to tutor peers in oral health. Re-evaluation of compliance was performed after 3 and 9 months Results: In Part 1, 28.5% of the students were compliant after 1 week. Compared with Part 1, the compliance in Part 2 was significantly higher (P <= 0.001). both after 3 months (90%) and after 9 months (82%) Conclusions: Tutoring peers can significantly enhance the compliance over a period of 9 months. Tutoring can function as a form of empowerment and can establish a strong sustained health engagement. Tutoring peers in health-related subjects can readily be implemented in schools and might be an additional means of oral health promotion with fewer additional costs.
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Reinhardt CH, Noack MJ, Wassmer G, Hurrelmann K, Klein K. A Strategy for Encouraging Young Adults' Adoption of a Preferred Oral Hygiene Technique. ORAL HEALTH & PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY. 2010;8(1):3-8.
Reinhardt, C. H., Noack, M. J., Wassmer, G., Hurrelmann, K., & Klein, K. (2010). A Strategy for Encouraging Young Adults' Adoption of a Preferred Oral Hygiene Technique. ORAL HEALTH & PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY, 8(1), 3-8.
Reinhardt, C. H., Noack, M. J., Wassmer, G., Hurrelmann, K., and Klein, K. (2010). A Strategy for Encouraging Young Adults' Adoption of a Preferred Oral Hygiene Technique. ORAL HEALTH & PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY 8, 3-8.
Reinhardt, C.H., et al., 2010. A Strategy for Encouraging Young Adults' Adoption of a Preferred Oral Hygiene Technique. ORAL HEALTH & PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY, 8(1), p 3-8.
C.H. Reinhardt, et al., “A Strategy for Encouraging Young Adults' Adoption of a Preferred Oral Hygiene Technique”, ORAL HEALTH & PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY, vol. 8, 2010, pp. 3-8.
Reinhardt, C.H., Noack, M.J., Wassmer, G., Hurrelmann, K., Klein, K.: A Strategy for Encouraging Young Adults' Adoption of a Preferred Oral Hygiene Technique. ORAL HEALTH & PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY. 8, 3-8 (2010).
Reinhardt, Claus H., Noack, Michael J., Wassmer, Gernot, Hurrelmann, Klaus, and Klein, Klaus. “A Strategy for Encouraging Young Adults' Adoption of a Preferred Oral Hygiene Technique”. ORAL HEALTH & PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY 8.1 (2010): 3-8.
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