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Maria Dubielecka, Ewa Rusyan, Aneta Zduniak, Agnieszka Mielczarek, Anna Ratajska, & Magdalena Lewandowska


Medical University of Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland


Objectives: The aim of the present study was to assess patients’ perceptions regarding dental caries prophylaxis. Methods: The study sample comprised 170 male and female subjects (F = 96, M = 74) aged between 18 and 65 years randomly selected from urban (the U group, n = 110) and rural (the R group, n = 60) areas. The study examined patients’ beliefs regarding follow-up dental visits and professional dental prophylaxis (PDP). Results: The survey revealed that over 60% of the respondents from both rural and urban areas believed that the dental practitioner should decide whether performing an in-office PDP is necessary. There were significant differences between the rural (R) and urban (U) study samples in how the respondents valued dental check-ups. The subjects from the R group declared that one dental visit per year should be performed, unlike the U group subjects who postulated less frequent dental visits. There were no significant differences between the study groups regarding payment decisions for PDP.


attitude to health, patient acceptance of health care, dental survey

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Maria Dubielecka, Ewa Rusyan, Aneta Zduniak, Agnieszka Mielczarek, Anna Ratajska, & Magdalena Lewandowska. (2017). Patients’ Beliefs Regarding Dental Health Promotion. Psychology Research, 7(1), 65-71.


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