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Correlations Between Oral Health Knowledge, Locus of Control, and Oral Health Status

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Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States

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Patient intervention plays an important role in management of oral diseases, such as caries and periodontitis. Understanding dynamics of a persons behavior is a complex area of study that, if better understood, could result in improved oral health. Oral Health knowledge OHK and Multidimensional Health Locus of Control-Form C, a predictor of behavior for specific health conditions, are two measurable determinants that may affect oral health status OHS. The Survey of Oral Health Knowledge in Adults SOHKA was developed to comprehensively assess OHK. To date, no study has been performed to evaluate if oral disease specific Locus of Control and comprehensive OHK have any effect on OHS. Objectives To study 1 the reliability and validity of SOHKA as a measure OHK, 2 OHK and Locus of Control in active duty personnel, 3 the association of OHK and Locus of Control with OHS.

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