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|Title: ||The Effectiveness of Oral Health Education Conducted at Rural Community Market Setting|
|Other Titles: ||L'efficaclte De L'educatlon En Sante Bucco-Dentaire Effectuee Dans Un Marche Communautaire Rural|
|Authors: ||Lawal, F. B.|
Nasiru, W. O.
Taiwo, J. O.
|Keywords: ||Rural market women|
|Issue Date: ||2013|
|Publisher: ||Journal of West African College of Surgeons|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 3;No. 4; Pp 53 - 69|
|Abstract: ||Background:The workplace is one of the avenues for educating the public about their oral health in developing countries;
particularly in rural communities where the workplace plays a major role in communal living. lt is therefore necessary to
ﬁnd out if the market is appropriate for achieving the set aim of improving oral health awareness among the populace in
Aim and Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of oral health education conducted in a
market in a rural community by comparing the oral health practices of market women involved in the oral health education
programme to those not involved in the programme.
Design:A prospective study.
Setting.A rural community in South-western Nigeria.
Subjects& Methods: A prospective study was conducted among market women in Igboora, a rural community in South-
western Nigeria. The intervention was oral health education differentiating between the intervention group and the
control group. Structured interviewer administered questionnaires were used to obtain information from the participants
on their oral hygiene measures, ﬂuoride use, dental attendance and the demographics of the participants. Data collected
was analyzed using SPSS and p~value set at <0.05.
Results: Two hundred market women participated in the study with a mean age of 45.2 i 17 years. The interventional
group was made up of 106 market women while the control group was made up of 94 market women. There were no
signiﬁcant differences in the sociodemographic characteristics of women in both the intervention and control groups.
Women in the intervention group engaged in more frequent cleaning of their teeth and tongue than those in the control
group (p < 0.001). Market women who had participated in the oral health education subsequently visited the dentist more
often than those in the control group(p =0.010).
Conclusion: The study showed that oral health education conducted at a market was effective in improving some oral
health practices of participants. It is recommended that oral health practices be extended to major markets in our
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