Effects of using oral hygiene care pamphlets on functionally independent older persons

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Thongthip Tubtim
Kanyawat Rattanasuwan
Potchaman Sinavarat
Weerasak Muangpaisan
Narirat Jitramontree
Piangchan Rojanavipart
Dujpratna Pisalsarakii


The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of oral hygiene care pamphlets to improve
oral health knowledge, oral health skill and oral hygiene of functionally independent older persons. This study collected the data by using questionnaires and oral examination from functionally independent older persons at the Periodontics and Oral Medicine Clinic, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Dental Hospital. Questionnaires were used to interview and assess the participant demographic characteristics, oral health knowledge and oral health skill. Oral examination was determined by a dentist to evaluate plaque index (PI) and denture plaque scores. The questionnaires and oral examination collected at baseline and 1 month after receiving the pamphlets. The result from this study shown that one-hundred and twenty functionally independent older persons enrolled in this study. Fifty-one participants (42.5%) were male, sixty-nine participants (57.5%) were female, with an average age of 65.98±5.62 years. At one month after using the oral hygiene care pamphlets, the results showed that the mean scores of knowledge and oral health skill significantly increased when compared to the scores at baseline. PI and denture plaque score significantly decreased at one month after using the oral hygiene care pamphlets (p< 0.05). In conclusion, the oral health care knowledge, oral health skill, PI and denture plaque score of functionally independent older persons were significantly improved after using the oral hygiene care pamphlets in one month. Thus, this oral hygiene care pamphlet has an effectiveness to improve oral health knowledge, oral health skill and oral hygiene for functionally independent older persons.


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Tubtim T, Rattanasuwan K, Sinavarat P, Muangpaisan W, Jitramontree N, Rojanavipart P, Pisalsarakii D. Effects of using oral hygiene care pamphlets on functionally independent older persons. M Dent J [Internet]. 2020 Nov. 12 [cited 2023 Dec. 8];40(3):185-96. Available from: https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/mdentjournal/article/view/240655
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