Knowledge of periodontitis and self-perceived oral health : a survey of periodontal specialist patients

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Knowledge of periodontitis and self-perceived oral health : a survey of periodontal specialist patients
Author(s) Mårtensson, Carina ; Söderfeldt, Björn ; Axtelius, Björn ; Andersson, Pia
Date 2013
English abstract
The aim of this study was to investigate changes in knowledge of periodontal disease among patients referred to periodontal specialist clinics. A further aim was to investigate the patients' self- perceived oral health before the treatment. Patients referred to five specialist clinics in periodontology for comprehensive periodontal treatment were consecutive sampled. The study was based on a questionnaire in a before and after design. The first questionnaire was sent to the patients before visiting the specialist clinic and the second was sent after six months. Four questions were analysed, two to measure knowledge about periodontitis and two to measure the patients self- perceived oral health. The first questionnaire was sent by post to 273 patients with a response rate of 31%. The second questionnaire was sent to 85 patients with a response rate of 73%. The results of the study showed a statistically significant improvement of correct answers on the knowledge questions after six months was found for scaling (p = 0.006), X-ray examination (p = 0.001) and increased space between the teeth (p = 0.001). The most frequent self-perceived trouble from the mouth was bleeding gum (70%) and sensitive teeth (51%). In conclusion knowledge of periodontitis improved after visiting the specialist clinic of periodontology. Many of the patients experienced some problems of the mouth
Publisher Sveriges tandläkarförbund
Host/Issue Swedish dental journal;1
Volume 37
ISSN 0347-9994
Pages 49-58
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16006 (link to this page)

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