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Relationship between the Toothbrushing Behavior and Hand Hygiene Practices of Korean Adolescents: A Study Focused on the 15th Korea Youth Risk Behavior Survey Conducted in 2019

by 1,2 and 3,*
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Department of Dental hygiene, Gangdong University, Eumseong-gun 27600, Chungcheongbuk-do, Korea
2
Dental Research Institute, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University, Seoul 03080, Gwanak-gu, Korea
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Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Health Science, Sun Moon University, Asan-si 31460, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 5913; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115913
Received: 29 April 2021 / Revised: 26 May 2021 / Accepted: 27 May 2021 / Published: 31 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Approach to Promoting Oral Health)
Hand hygiene is one of the most important measures available to prevent infectious diseases such as COVID-19, and it is recommended that individuals wash their hands periodically before and after meals, after using toilets, before preparing food at home, at schools, and in public places. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between oral hygiene and hand hygiene in Korean adolescents. Data from 57,303 adolescents who participated in the 2019 Korea Youth Risk Behavior web-based survey were analyzed to determine the relationship between oral hygiene and hand hygiene. A complex sample logistic regression analysis was performed to determine association between toothbrushing behavior and handwashing practices. According to the results of this study, adolescents who brushed their teeth after lunch were 1.48 times more likely to practice handwashing before lunch than were those who did not brush their teeth after lunch (p < 0.001). In addition, the odds ratios adjusted for gender, grade, school type, and residence were found to be 1.87 (p < 0.001). Moreover, these adjusted odds ratios were higher in students who received personal hygiene education (OR: 1.98, p < 0.001). Oral hygiene practices were found to be related to personal hygiene, as assessed by handwashing, in Korean adolescents. Additional studies are needed to develop ways of improving the hygiene and health of adolescents. View Full-Text
Keywords: oral hygiene; hand hygiene; toothbrushing; handwashing; adolescent; KYRBS oral hygiene; hand hygiene; toothbrushing; handwashing; adolescent; KYRBS
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Kim, E.-J.; Lee, H.-J. Relationship between the Toothbrushing Behavior and Hand Hygiene Practices of Korean Adolescents: A Study Focused on the 15th Korea Youth Risk Behavior Survey Conducted in 2019. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5913. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115913

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Kim E-J, Lee H-J. Relationship between the Toothbrushing Behavior and Hand Hygiene Practices of Korean Adolescents: A Study Focused on the 15th Korea Youth Risk Behavior Survey Conducted in 2019. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):5913. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115913

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Kim, Eun-Jeong, and Hye-Ju Lee. 2021. "Relationship between the Toothbrushing Behavior and Hand Hygiene Practices of Korean Adolescents: A Study Focused on the 15th Korea Youth Risk Behavior Survey Conducted in 2019" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 5913. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115913

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