Tooth bleaching and young adults in Nigeria: knowledge, experiences and intention.

To assess the knowledge, experiences and intention to have tooth bleaching among young adults studying in a Nigerian University.
A cross-section of part-time undergraduate students of University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria were studied in 2010 using a self-administered questionnaire.
About three-quarters 289 (72.4%) of the respondents reported awareness of at least one cause of tooth discoloration. A total of 143 (35.8%) of the respondents have heard of tooth bleaching with main sources of information being friends/relatives, dentists and the internet. One-third 132 (33.1%) of the respondents correctly identified that the aim of tooth bleaching was to make the teeth whiter. The respondents that had correct knowledge about mechanism, duration and complications of tooth bleaching were 51 (12.8%), 25 (6.3%) and 35 (8.8%) respectively. The major perceived benefits of tooth bleaching reported by the respondents were self confidence boost 152 (38.1%) and improvement of one's beauty 107 (26.8%). Out of the 68 (17.0%) respondents that have attempted tooth bleaching, 36 (52.9%) used tooth whitening toothpaste. Out of the 151 (37.8%) respondents that expressed intention of having tooth bleaching procedure, 32 (21.2%) would pursue the course, no matter the cost.
In the studied population, knowledge of tooth discoloration was high, awareness and experiences of tooth bleaching were low but significant number expressed intention of having tooth bleaching. It is important that dentists increase oral health information particularly tooth bleaching information accessibility to the young adult population to improve the knowledge and prevent adverse effects.
AuthorsC C Azodo, A C Ogbomo, M A Agbor
JournalOdonto-stomatologie tropicale = Tropical dental journal (Odontostomatol Trop) Vol. 35 Issue 140 Pg. 47-54 (Dec 2012) ISSN: 0251-172X [Print] Senegal
PMID23513512 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Esthetics, Dental
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Male
  • Nigeria
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tooth Bleaching (psychology)
  • Tooth Discoloration (psychology, therapy)
  • Young Adult

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