EVALUATION OF KNOWLEDGE, SANOGENOUS ATTITUDES AND EFFICIENT METHODS AND MEANS OF TRANSMITTING INFORMATION AMONG TEENAGERS

Carina Balcoș, Loredana Hurjui, Irina Gradinaru, Vlad Danila, Dana Budala, Raluca Vieriu, Ramona Feier, Sorana Roșu

Abstract

Introduction: The adolescence period is the ideal phase for developing a healthy lifestyle that will be consolidated into a long-term mindset of self-care. In terms of dental health, this phase represents the moment of increased risk of caries due to poor control of the bacterial biofilm and decreased interest in oral hygiene. The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge and attitudes of the homogenousbehavior, the efficiency of the methods of transmitting the educational message as well as the perception on the oral health among adolescents.Material and methods: In the cross-sectional analytical, qualitative and quantitative study carried out in three stages, 80 adolescents between the ages of 14 and 16 attended. The study was conducted between November 2018 – March 2019. Results: The results showed that it was possible to analyze adolescents’ knowledge about oral health, while demonstrating the importance of developing health education methods and the most attractive methods for this age group.Conclusion: Regardless of the method of health education, adolescents were aware of the importance of oral health. The level of sanogenous knowledge has improved after conducting health education sessions. The educational methods used during this study had a positive impact on oral health knowledge, with individual demonstrations and participation being the most effective strategies for acquiring and assimilating oral health knowledge.

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