RELATIONS OF ORAL CARE AND DIETARY HABITS OF STUDENTS WITH LONG-TERM PARTICIPATION IN SPORT

Diana Aranza, Boris Milavić, Mirjana Milić

The aim of this study was to determine the relations between oral hygiene and dietary habits in students with long-term participation in sport. Questionnaires of oral health activity (OHAQ, Aranza, Milavić & Galić, 2016) and certain dietary habits were applied on a sample which included 658 male and female participants, students at the University of Split, Croatia. Female students had more desirable oral hygiene behavior and certain dietary habits than male students. There were no differences between male and female participants regarding the frequency of consumption of alcoholic beverages and smoking, and all students reported more frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages in comparison to smoking and, there were no significant differences in the level of oral hygiene habits and certain dietary-consumer habits between groups of students which have participated in long-term organized sports activities and those which have not. The obtained results indicate that kinesiologists and coaches have a very small impact on adoption and development of oral hygiene and certain dietary-consumer habits of adolescents.

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