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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 359-363

Assessment of dental myths among dental patients in Salem City


1 Reader, Dept. of Community Dentistry, Vinayaka Missions Sankarachariyar Dental College, Salem, India
2 Principal and Professor, Vinayaka Missions Sankarachariyar Dental College, Salem, India

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N Saravanan
Reader, Dept. of Community Dentistry, Vinayaka Missions Sankarachariyar Dental College, Salem
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Introduction: Dentistry is an art and science which helps in maintaining proper oral health status in the society. As with many health care fields, many myths have grown the field of dentistry, while many of these are harmless, others lead people to take inadequate care of their teeth, or cause them to avoid visiting the dentist regularly. Ignoring dental care or avoiding dentist can lead to serious problems, many of which can only treated by dentist. To avoid unnecessary pain and expense by learning the truth about the dental myths regarding dental care. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess the dental myths among dental patients in Salem city. and suggest possible measures to learning truth about dental myths. Materials and methods: New patients attending outpatient department of Vinayaka Mission's Sankarachariyar Dental College, Salem participated in the present study. The study involved completion of the predesigned questionnaire and the data was analyzed by using statistical package SPSS 10 version. Results: A total of 863 dental out patients were participated in the present study. The study population according to gender, 501 (58.05%) were male and 362 (41.95%) were female. according to age groups, 15-24 yrs-172 (20%), 25-34 yrs-229 (27%), 35-44 yrs-227 (32%), 45-54 yrs-88(10%), 55yrs and above 97 (11%). according to education, illiterate 156 (18%), School 395 (46%), College 208 (24%), Others 104 (12%).according to occupation, employed 190 (22%), unemployed 251 (29%), skilled 276 (32%), professional 17 (2%), others 129 (15%). Discussion: In the present study, The age of dental patient range from15-69 years and mean age 33.4 years, among the study population 395 (46%) of them have school education level. and 276 (32%) of them skilled workers. The detailed analysis of our study revealed that, the maximum number 532 (61%) of respondents think that teething will leads to dysentery. whereas only 26 (3%) of them think that dental infections results from god' s curse.


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