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Validation of a Risk Matrix about the Athlete's Oral Health by Analyzing Behavioral and Nutritional Habits

Bárbara Capitanio de Souza1, Randhall Bruce Carteri2, André Luiz Lopes1 and Bruno Costa Teixeira3
  • 1 Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • 2 Methodist University Center-Porto Alegre Institute, Brazil
  • 3 Integrated Regional University of Upper Uruguay and Mission, Brazil


The study proposal was to build a risk matrix on oral health, by analyzing the behavioral and nutritional habits of these individuals and perform your validation. A literature review was carried out to identify risk factors for the oral diseases. The interviewees were 40 volunteer individuals, athletes, professionals or amateurs, or practitioners of physical activity. The validation process consisted of the following steps: 1. Validity of the content; 2. Verbal understanding; 3. Comparison and correlation of the questionnaire test. The Content Validity Coefficients (CVC), the Content Validity Indexes (CVI) and the Kappa correlation coefficients were calculated for each item. In the phase of assessment of verbal comprehension by volunteers, the final CVC for clarity and understanding was 0.869 and 0.854, respectively. Kappa values varied between 0.5 and 0.667. Cronbach's alpha for each component was calculated, resulting in a cariogenic diet (α = 0.989), acid sports drinks (α = 0.964), oral hygiene (α = 0.963) and dental services (α = 0.980). The definition of this oral profile, in conjunction with an athlete's individual needs, can define treatment and prevention programs, including education in oral health.

Current Research in Dentistry
Volume 12 No. 1, 2021, 7-17


Submitted On: 28 December 2020 Published On: 24 March 2021

How to Cite: de Souza, B. C., Carteri, R. B., Lopes, A. L. & Teixeira, B. C. (2021). Validation of a Risk Matrix about the Athlete's Oral Health by Analyzing Behavioral and Nutritional Habits. Current Research in Dentistry, 12(1), 7-17.

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  • Dentistry
  • Dental Clinics
  • Athletes
  • Oral Health