The effectiveness of dental and oral health education for youth through online media

Haria FITRI, Filzdah Nurul FAJRIN, Nila KASUMA, Reno Wiska WULANDARI, Suci Rahma SARI, Giant ERNESTO

Abstract


Dental and oral health is essential for human life and is part of general health. However, many still do
not know that the oral cavity plays a critical role in health. The COVID-19 pandemic has hampered teaching and
learning in class, but this can be solved virtually through online media. This study aims to determine youth's
knowledge about dental and oral health problems. The research is a cross-sectional analytic study conducted on 57
students of X1 IPA class - SMA Pembangunan Laboratorium UNP - Padang, which met the inclusion and exclusion
criteria. A purposive sampling technique was used to select respondents. The educational process was done
virtually with an online meeting application. The activity stages consist of answering the pre-test, the educational
process, and answering the post-test. Students' background knowledge was measured using a questionnaire
consisting of 10 closed questions, giving one score when the answer was correct and 0 when the answer was
incorrect. The research data were processed with SPSS statistical software. The results showed a significant increase
in the average knowledge of respondents from 5.11 ± 2.059 at pre-test to 9.14 ± 1.453 (p < 0.05). Based on the
treatment and effectiveness test/gain scores, the average gain score was 69.9%. This study concludes that dental and
oral health education through online media is positively effective for youth.
KEYWORDS: Dental and Oral Health, Educational process, Online


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.24815/jds.v7i1.27251

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