Assessing college students’ interest in university-based oral health information and services

Stacey Barrett Griner, Cheryl A. Vamos, Amelia C. Phillips, Joseph A. Puccio, Erika L. Thompson, Ellen M. Daley

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Abstract

Objective: To assess US college students’ (1) oral health behaviors and (2) interest in university-based oral health information and services. Participants: Students at a large public university in the southeast participated in the survey (n = 102). All participants were over the age of 18 and able to speak and read English. Methods:An online quantitative survey was administered to collect information on oral health behaviors, interest in university-based oral health information and services, and sociodemographic factors. Frequencies, descriptive statistics, and bivariate analyses were utilized for this study. Results: Approximately 11% of students rated their oral health as fair/poor and 27% currently had a dental problem. Over half (53%) were interested in receiving oral health information from the university, 87% felt campus-based dental services were important, and 79% were likely to use campus-based dental services. Conclusions: College students may benefit from information and services to promote oral health within the college context.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of American College Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • College students
  • dental
  • oral health behaviors

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