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Instability of self-esteem and affective lability as determinants of self-reported oral health status and oral health-related behaviors.
J Contemp Dent Pract. 2008 Jan 01; 9(1):38-45.JC

Abstract

AIM

The aim of the study was to examine the impact of the instability of self-esteem and affective lability on students' self-rated oral health and oral health-related behaviors.

METHODS AND MATERIAL

The present study sample consisted of 178 first year medical students. A questionnaire was used to collect information about socio-demographic factors, behavioral factors, self-reported oral health status, the instability of self-esteem, and affective lability.

RESULTS

Significant differences were found on the instability of self-esteem and affective lability on the following variables: gender, smoking, anxiety, depression, stress in everyday life, number of extracted teeth, and satisfaction with appearance of one's own teeth (Ps<0.05). The level of instability of self-esteem had a consistent association with the self-reported oral health status and satisfaction with appearance of teeth. The affective lability total score was a determinant of the number of extracted teeth, last toothache, self-rated gingival status, while anger was correlated with the number of current non-treated caries, extracted teeth, toothbrushing, and flossing frequency.

CONCLUSIONS

The results indicate there is an increased risk for impaired dental health among subjects with instable self-esteem symptoms or symptoms of anger.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Periodontology of Faculty of Dentistry at University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila in Bucharest, Romania. alexandrina_l_dumitrescu@yahoo.co.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18176647

Citation

Dumitrescu, Alexandrina L., et al. "Instability of Self-esteem and Affective Lability as Determinants of Self-reported Oral Health Status and Oral Health-related Behaviors." The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, vol. 9, no. 1, 2008, pp. 38-45.
Dumitrescu AL, Dogaru CB, Dogaru CD. Instability of self-esteem and affective lability as determinants of self-reported oral health status and oral health-related behaviors. J Contemp Dent Pract. 2008;9(1):38-45.
Dumitrescu, A. L., Dogaru, C. B., & Dogaru, C. D. (2008). Instability of self-esteem and affective lability as determinants of self-reported oral health status and oral health-related behaviors. The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, 9(1), 38-45.
Dumitrescu AL, Dogaru CB, Dogaru CD. Instability of Self-esteem and Affective Lability as Determinants of Self-reported Oral Health Status and Oral Health-related Behaviors. J Contemp Dent Pract. 2008 Jan 1;9(1):38-45. PubMed PMID: 18176647.
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