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Promoting oral health in South Africa: public perceptions of water fluoridation.

dc.contributor.authorChikte U.M.
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-15T15:58:01Z
dc.date.available2011-05-15T15:58:01Z
dc.date.issued1997
dc.identifier.citationThe Journal of the Dental Association of South Africa = Die Tydskrif van die Tandheelkundige Vereniging van Suid-Afrika
dc.identifier.citation52
dc.identifier.citation11
dc.identifier.issn118516
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/10729
dc.description.abstractPublic knowledge of water fluoridation (WF), sources of information, purpose of WF and the level of support for the implementation of WF was assessed in South Africa. Of the 2229 respondents interviewed, 23 per cent had heard or read about WF. Almost a third said they obtained their information from schools or community networks while 60 per cent mentioned either radio, newspapers/magazines, or television. About 25 per cent correctly recognized the protection of teeth as the purpose of fluoridation, while two-fifths believed the purpose of WF is to purify water. More than sixty per cent of respondents were in favour of WF, with almost a quarter of the sample feeling uncertain. This study demonstrates that a considerable amount of educational and political action is required for water fluoridation to be implemented in South Africa.
dc.subjectadolescent
dc.subjectadult
dc.subjectarticle
dc.subjectattitude to health
dc.subjectchi square distribution
dc.subjectdemography
dc.subjectdental health education
dc.subjectfluoridation
dc.subjecthealth promotion
dc.subjecthuman
dc.subjectinterview
dc.subjectmethodology
dc.subjectmiddle aged
dc.subjectpublic opinion
dc.subjectquestionnaire
dc.subjectSouth Africa
dc.subjectstatistics
dc.subjectAdolescent
dc.subjectAdult
dc.subjectAttitude to Health
dc.subjectChi-Square Distribution
dc.subjectDemography
dc.subjectFluoridation
dc.subjectHealth Education, Dental
dc.subjectHealth Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
dc.subjectHealth Promotion
dc.subjectHumans
dc.subjectInterviews
dc.subjectMiddle Aged
dc.subjectPublic Opinion
dc.subjectQuestionnaires
dc.subjectSouth Africa
dc.titlePromoting oral health in South Africa: public perceptions of water fluoridation.
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionArticle


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