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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 215-219

A comparative evaluation of awareness regarding periodontal health and oral hygiene practices among dental and medical undergraduate students in Beed District of Maharashtra


Department of Periodontology, Aditya Dental College, Beed, Maharashtra, India

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Mangesh Ganesh Andhare
Department of Periodontology, Aditya Dental College, Beed, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJDS.IJDS_87_16

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Background: Dental and medical students are the healthcare takers of the general population. They play an important role in oral health care and its promotion in the society. Hence, their self-awareness regarding periodontal health and oral hygiene practices is mandatory. Aim: This study aims to evaluate awareness regarding periodontal health and oral hygiene practices among dental and medical undergraduate students. Materials and Methods: A total of 200 participants, out of which 100 medical and 100 dental undergraduate students were selected for this study. Structured questionnaires regarding teeth cleaning habit, use of tooth brushing, tongue cleaning, perception of halitosis, and treatment taken for halitosis were prepared and distributed to collect information regarding awareness of periodontal health and oral hygiene. The data were subjected to statistical analyses. Statistical Analysis: Chi-square test was applied for comparison among dental and medical undergraduate students. P value was considered statistically significant at P < 0.005 level. Results: Strongly significant differences were observed among the dental and medical students in brushing teeth twice daily, routine dental visit for oral hygiene maintenance, self-perception for halitosis, and treatment taken for halitosis (P < 0.005). Conclusion: Both the medical as well as dental professional students must be encouraged to be a good role model in promoting oral health education for their families, friends, patients, and ultimately for the society.


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