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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 67-71

A survey about awareness of periodontal health among the students of professional colleges in Dakshina Kannada District


Department of Periodontics, KVG Dental College and Hospital, Sullia, Karnataka, India

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Jitendra Kumar
Department of Periodontics, KVG Dental College and Hospital, Sullia, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.168487

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Introduction: Oral health is an important factor in maintaining sound psychological and physical health. Association between knowledge and better oral health has been well documented. Aim: To assess the oral health awareness and knowledge about periodontal diseases among the students of medical, Ayurveda, and Engineering Colleges. Materials and Methods: A survey was conducted among the students of medical, Ayurveda, and engineering colleges. Three hundred students were selected using a simple random sampling method and a self-constructed 15 items questionnaire was distributed to all subjects. Chi-square test was applied to individual questions and Kruskal–Wallis test was used to compare overall oral health awareness and knowledge about periodontal diseases among the students. Results: A substantial lack of oral hygiene understanding and limited knowledge of oral hygiene practices even in health professionals and engineering students. Conclusions: Hence, there is an urgent need for comprehensive educational programs to promote good oral health and impart education about the correct oral hygiene practices at an elementary level.


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