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Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry

Edited by Prof. Dr. Jean-François Roulet, Prof. Dr. Dr. Niklaus P. Lang, Prof. Dr. Palle Holmstrup

Official journal of the Academy of Minimally Invasive Dentistry, the World Congress of Microdentistry, and the European Society of Preventive Dentistry

ISSN (print) 1602-1622 • ISSN (online) 1757-9996


Winter 2007
Volume 5 , Issue 4

Pages: 291-297
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Profile of the Customers and the Pattern of Purchasing in Sweet Shops, Kuwait

Al-Sayegh, Fatimah A. / Al-Ali, Wajiha M.

Purpose: This study aimed to describe the profile and the purchasing pattern of the customers of two sweet shops in Kuwait. Materials and Methods: The data were collected by observing 500 customers in two sweet shops between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. during a two-week period. One shop was in the city (Capital Governorate; n = 330) and the other was in the suburban area (Ahmadi Governorate; n = 170). Every tenth adult customer was also interviewed, when they had completed their purchasing. Results: There were 58.2% females and 41.8% males among the customers. The mean estimated age of the customers was 29.6 (SD = 13.8) years. The mean payment for the purchase was $5.32 USD (SD 2.350). Females commonly purchased larger amount of sweets (42.6%) compared with males (30.1%; p<0.001). Chocolate was the most common choice of purchase (71%), and only 10% of the products were sugar-free products. The mean age of the customers interviewed was 35.6 years (SD = 9.4). The favourite sugar product of the interviewed customers was also chocolate (36%). The proportion of the customers considering sugar-free products as their favourite decreased consistently with increasing age. More than half of the customers used soft drinks every day (58%). Conclusion: Knowledge of the caries risk from sweets needs to be increased with a health education programme. Increasing the availability of sugar-free or tooth-friendly products should be one of the aims of the Kuwait Ministry of Health.

Keywords: dental caries, diet, Kuwait, prevention

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