ATTITUDE AND AWARENESS TOWARD TOOTH WEAR AMONG ADULTS IN PULAU PINANG
Background: Tooth wear is an irreversible dental problem resulting in damage of teeth. It is one of oral health problems that is related with attitude and awareness of an individual. The aim of this study was to identify the importance of attitude and awareness in relation to tooth wear among adults in Pulau Pinang.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 390 adults randomly selected from three educational institutions. A self-administered, validated questionnaire to assess attitude and practice of tooth wear were used. Samples were recruited using simple random sampling method. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential analysis.
Result: Approximately three hundred and forty-nine subjects participated in this study. 64.5% of subjects revealed they never heard about tooth wear. Majority agreed on using soft bristle toothbrush, lesser consumption of carbonated drinks and avoidance of tooth grinding habits to reduce tooth wear occurrence. Seeking dental treatment immediately after having tooth sensitivity was considered a positive attitude. However, 62.2% of adults reported using medium type of toothbrush bristle and also 78.5% of adults brushed their teeth before going to bed. Nevertheless, 57.3% of adults had never used mouthwash as part of their oral hygiene care. Related practices to tooth wear awareness include smoking and swimming in chlorinated swimming pools.
Conclusion: The modification of attitude and practice related to tooth wear occurrence must consider the patient’s background history. Thus, focus on awareness for modification of behavioural habits is able to provide positive implication by reducing modifiable risk towards better oral health.Keywords: Attitude, Awareness, Tooth wear, Adults, Practice