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Pacific young people's perspective of oral health and oral health care

3 months
Approved budget:
Mr Zebulun Laqekoro
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Poor oral health is an important public health issue. Untreated dental caries in permanent teeth are the most prevalent condition worldwide, affecting 2.4 billion people, and untreated caries in primary teeth are the 10th-most prevalent condition, affecting 621 million children worldwide. Young people (adolescents) represent a challenging group in terms of oral health as they have their permanent teeth erupting and it is a time when they are establishing their independence. New Zealand research has indicated that regular dental visiting is associated with better oral health outcomes. Previous New Zealand studies that have explored issues relating to Pacific young people’s oral health have confirmed that Pacific young peoples’ attendance at dental or dental therapy appointments is very low and below the attendance of other, same age peers. The aim of this research project is to explore Pacific young peoples’ attitudes and beliefs towards oral health and oral health care.