Analysis of the Phobia of Brushing Teeth in High School Students in Palopo City, Indonesia During COVID-19


  • Ayub Irmadani Anwar
  • Selviawaty Sarifuddin Panna
  • Deliyana I. Katili
  • Irwan Irwan
  • Edy Julianto


Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms, Dental Anxiety, Students, Coronavirus Infections


Objective: To analyze the phobia and social anxiety of brushing their teeth among high school students in Palopo City, Indonesia, during COVID-19. Material and Methods: Social phobia was obtained with the MINI-Spin questionnaire and anxiety with the GAD-7 questionnaire. The questionnaire consists of 15 questions with a Likert scale. Primary data type with logistic regression analysis. Results: The results of the logistic regression analysis showed that men are more likely to brush their teeth twice a day than women (OR=2.01; 95% CI 1.3-2.9). Subjects who reported not having social phobia were not significantly (OR = 0.9; 95% CI 0.6-1.4) more likely to brush their teeth twice a day than those who tended to have social phobia. Subjects who reported no significant anxiety (OR = 0.7; 95% CI 0.5-1.5) were more likely to brush their teeth twice a day than those who tended to have anxiety. Conclusion: The frequency of brushing teeth in students who do not have a relationship is more likely to brush their teeth twice a day than students who tend to have phobias and social anxiety. Regarding the relationship between brushing teeth frequency and gender criteria, there is a relationship between female students brushing their teeth twice a day more often than male students during COVID-19.


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Anwar, A. I., Panna, S. S., Katili, D. I., Irwan, I., & Julianto, E. (2024). Analysis of the Phobia of Brushing Teeth in High School Students in Palopo City, Indonesia During COVID-19. Pesquisa Brasileira Em Odontopediatria E Clínica Integrada, 24, e220083. Retrieved from



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