Encouraging correct tooth brushing habits among children in the B40 community through gamification

Elavarasi Kuppusamy, Farinawati Yazid, Murshida Marizan Nor, Chui Ling Goo, Muhammad Syafiq Asyraf Rosli, Rohaya Megat Abdul Wahab, A. Imran Nordin

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Abstract

Dental caries is one of the serious oral health issues among children in Malaysia especially to those with poor access to healthcare services. According to the national survey, caries prevalence among children in Malaysia are still high at the rate of 74.5%. One of the main preventive strategies that can be applied is through a correct tooth brushing habit with effective plaque control. However, to ensure children can sustain a good practice of oral hygiene is difficult. The repetitive actions performed daily could be boring which could lead to ineffectiveness in the way they brush their teeth. There is a substantial body of literature that suggests gamification strategy can be used to motivate children to perform certain serious activities such as to enhance their healthy life. Hence, this paper describes the work done to apply gamification elements in brushing activities. A total of 73 children from the B40 socioeconomic background (divided into control and intervention group) participated in this study. A self-reported diary is used for children in the intervention group to record their brushing sessions and stickers are added for them to indicate their perception of the level of cleanliness of that brushing session. The result suggests that the post-debris index was significantly lower than pre-debris index for children in the intervention group whereas there was no significant difference for the pre and post-debris index in the control group. This indicates that gamification can be applied in encouraging correct tooth brushing habit among children and the lower cost in the production of the physical diary would be affordable for parents in B40 community to use this strategy with their children.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Visual Informatics - 6th International Visual Informatics Conference, IVIC 2019, Proceedings
EditorsHalimah Badioze Zaman, Nazlena Mohamad Ali, Mohammad Nazir Ahmad, Alan F. Smeaton, Timothy K. Shih, Sergio Velastin, Tada Terutoshi
PublisherSpringer
Pages488-497
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030340315
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event6th International Conference on Advances in Visual Informatics, IVIC 2019 - Bangi, Malaysia
Duration: 19 Nov 201921 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11870 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Advances in Visual Informatics, IVIC 2019
CountryMalaysia
CityBangi
Period19/11/1921/11/19

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Keywords

  • B40 community
  • Gamification
  • Oral health
  • Tooth brushing habits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Kuppusamy, E., Yazid, F., Marizan Nor, M., Goo, C. L., Rosli, M. S. A., Megat Abdul Wahab, R., & Nordin, A. I. (2019). Encouraging correct tooth brushing habits among children in the B40 community through gamification. In H. Badioze Zaman, N. Mohamad Ali, M. N. Ahmad, A. F. Smeaton, T. K. Shih, S. Velastin, & T. Terutoshi (Eds.), Advances in Visual Informatics - 6th International Visual Informatics Conference, IVIC 2019, Proceedings (pp. 488-497). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11870 LNCS). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34032-2_43

Encouraging correct tooth brushing habits among children in the B40 community through gamification. / Kuppusamy, Elavarasi; Yazid, Farinawati; Marizan Nor, Murshida; Goo, Chui Ling; Rosli, Muhammad Syafiq Asyraf; Megat Abdul Wahab, Rohaya; Nordin, A. Imran.

Advances in Visual Informatics - 6th International Visual Informatics Conference, IVIC 2019, Proceedings. ed. / Halimah Badioze Zaman; Nazlena Mohamad Ali; Mohammad Nazir Ahmad; Alan F. Smeaton; Timothy K. Shih; Sergio Velastin; Tada Terutoshi. Springer, 2019. p. 488-497 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11870 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Kuppusamy, E, Yazid, F, Marizan Nor, M, Goo, CL, Rosli, MSA, Megat Abdul Wahab, R & Nordin, AI 2019, Encouraging correct tooth brushing habits among children in the B40 community through gamification. in H Badioze Zaman, N Mohamad Ali, MN Ahmad, AF Smeaton, TK Shih, S Velastin & T Terutoshi (eds), Advances in Visual Informatics - 6th International Visual Informatics Conference, IVIC 2019, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 11870 LNCS, Springer, pp. 488-497, 6th International Conference on Advances in Visual Informatics, IVIC 2019, Bangi, Malaysia, 19/11/19. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34032-2_43
Kuppusamy E, Yazid F, Marizan Nor M, Goo CL, Rosli MSA, Megat Abdul Wahab R et al. Encouraging correct tooth brushing habits among children in the B40 community through gamification. In Badioze Zaman H, Mohamad Ali N, Ahmad MN, Smeaton AF, Shih TK, Velastin S, Terutoshi T, editors, Advances in Visual Informatics - 6th International Visual Informatics Conference, IVIC 2019, Proceedings. Springer. 2019. p. 488-497. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34032-2_43
Kuppusamy, Elavarasi ; Yazid, Farinawati ; Marizan Nor, Murshida ; Goo, Chui Ling ; Rosli, Muhammad Syafiq Asyraf ; Megat Abdul Wahab, Rohaya ; Nordin, A. Imran. / Encouraging correct tooth brushing habits among children in the B40 community through gamification. Advances in Visual Informatics - 6th International Visual Informatics Conference, IVIC 2019, Proceedings. editor / Halimah Badioze Zaman ; Nazlena Mohamad Ali ; Mohammad Nazir Ahmad ; Alan F. Smeaton ; Timothy K. Shih ; Sergio Velastin ; Tada Terutoshi. Springer, 2019. pp. 488-497 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
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