259963 Identification and evaluation of adequate oral hygiene behavior: The development of the MondiX®

Monday, October 29, 2012

Yvonne A.B. Buunk-Werkhoven, PhD , Spoh Arts, Advice - Research - Training - Supervision in Social Psychology and Oral Hygiene, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arie Dijkstra Sr., PhD , Dept. of Social Psychology, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Koen Schuit , Website Developer & Designer, By the WWW..., Amsterdam, Netherlands
It is well-established among (oral) health professionals that oral hygiene behavior is an essential aspect of general health throughout life. Nevertheless, adequate oral hygiene behavior (OHB) is not simply a matter of daily removal of dental plaque by ‘just tooth brushing and flossing'. The MondiX® was developed as an index for assessing and evaluating oral hygiene behavior. Based on the worldwide consensus of oral health professionals, the MondiX® contains the most relevant details of oral hygiene behavior as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). Although there is little evidence for the effectiveness of all the detailed components, the ADA recommends a daily regimen of at least brushing (using a soft (or electric) toothbrush; brushing for at least two minutes twice a day; once after breakfast and once before going to sleep; brushing softly, without pressure; brushing stepwise by making small strokes –sort of massage– near the gum); thorough interdental cleaning (i.e., use of floss, tooth sticks, or interdental brushes at least once a day); using toothpaste containing fluoride; and tongue cleaning. The MondiX© has been applied in many different populations, has a good internal consistency, and the total scores are in general normally distributed. To promote public health, the MondiX® is a useful instrument to adjust oral hygiene related interventions specifically to the targeted individuals and populations.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Assess oral hygiene behavior of a group or an individual Develop on the basis of assessment targeted (oral) public health interventions Evaluate the effects of interventions related to oral hygiene behavior

Keywords: Behavioral Research, Oral Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a dental hygienist, I hold a Master degree in Social Psychology (University of Groningen), and I obtained my doctoral degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences. I am recognized as a scientific consultant and researcher in prevention, education, and behavioral change within oral health care. I am a board member as well of the Executive Committee of the Public Health Section of the FDI World Dental Federation, as of the Dutch Dental Hygienists Association.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.