The significance of sense of coherence to oral health

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Orachad Gururatana


Sense of coherence is the core component of the Salutogenic model. It is the ability of an individual to use generalized resistance resources to deal with problems and stressors in life while maintaining good health and quality of life. Sense of coherence comprises three components: comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness. Regarding dental health strong sense of coherence enables people to successfully overcome difficulties and solve problems, which leads to high levels of access to dental services and in the end creates good oral health such as healthy periodontal status and low levels of dental caries. The aim of this paper is to review findings on sense of coherence concept and oral health and examine its capacity to promote oral health. Research revealed that individuals with strong sense of coherence tend to have better oral health related behaviors such as frequent tooth brushing, healthy dietary habits and regular dental-visits. Therefore, enhancement of sense of coherence could be applied as a supplementary approach to promote oral health.



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Gururatana, O. (2019). The significance of sense of coherence to oral health. JOURNAL OF HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH, 13(2), 140-150. Retrieved from
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