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Algunas creencias sobre susceptibilidad y severidad de la caries en adolescentes del Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Keywords: public health, beliefs, caries, susceptibility, severity, adolescents.

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objective: to know existing beliefs about susceptibility and severity of dental caries in high school adolescents in the state of valle del cauca, colombia. methods: the health belief model was used as the theoretic and methodological basis for a descriptive cross-sectional study carried out in 38 out of 42 municipalities of the state of valle of cauca. a total of 5.400 adolescent students registered in public and private high schools aged of 10 and 20 were selected through a probabilistic, cluster, tri-stage, and stratified sample process. results: overall, 51% of the participants believe that dental caries do not affect the mastication process; 52% think they cannot suffer caries again once their teeth have been filled, and 54% does not associate caries with digestion changes; 80% does not relate the use of braces and retainers with the disease; 92% believes dental caries can affect any person and 91% believe that caries might make them lose their teeth. conclusions: beliefs on the severity of caries are favorable in general and beliefs about susceptibility must be improved through preventive intervention strategies directed to this population group


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