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The relationship between tooth cleaning behaviour and flexibility of working time schedule.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10412849     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study tested whether there is a relationship between levels of flexibility of working time schedule and the pattern (frequency of tooth cleaning), structure (range of items used in tooth cleaning), and performance (relative effectiveness of tooth cleaning measured by levels of dental plaque) of tooth cleaning. 471 Brazilian workers from both sexes aged 24 to 44 years were selected from factories, offices, banks, shops and hospitals. Behavioural, socio-economic and clinical data were collected through structured interviews and clinical examination. Data analysis included frequency distribution and simple and multiple logistic regression. The response rate was 92.5%. Simple logistic regression showed there was a highly statistically significant relationship between flexibility of the working time schedule and tooth cleaning frequency, the range of oral hygiene aids used and the level of dental plaque. All 3 associations remained highly statistically significant after adjusting for age, sex, socio-economic status and marital status. Socio-economic status was statistically significantly associated with tooth cleaning frequency, the use of oral hygiene aids and the level of dental plaque. It was concluded that high flexibility of working time schedule is related to pattern, structure and performance of tooth cleaning.
C Abegg; W Marcenes; R Croucher; A Sheiham
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical periodontology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0303-6979     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Clin. Periodontol.     Publication Date:  1999 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-09-08     Completed Date:  1999-09-08     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0425123     Medline TA:  J Clin Periodontol     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  448-52     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Departamento de Odontologia Preventiva e Social, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Attitude to Health
Dental Plaque / prevention & control
Dental Plaque Index
Health Behavior*
Interviews as Topic
Logistic Models
Marital Status
Oral Hygiene / instrumentation
Physical Examination
Sex Factors
Social Class
Toothbrushing / instrumentation,  methods,  psychology*
Work Schedule Tolerance / psychology*

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