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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 213-217

Assessment of oral hygiene practices and deleterious habits related to oral health among students studying in dental institution in Bengaluru


1 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Rajarajeswari Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Rajarajeswari Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, India
3 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Rajarajeswari Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, India

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Amit Kumar
P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Rajarajeswari Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru
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Objectives: To assess oral hygiene practices and deleterious habits related to oral health among students studying in dental institution in Bangalore, India. Materials and methods: In a cross-sectional study, 294 dental students (156 males and 138 females) were surveyed using a self structured close ended questionnaire including 18 questions. The data was subjected for statistical analysis. Results: Among first year students, 84.1% of them were brushing once daily whereas 56.9% of the interns were brushing twice daily. Almost 98% of the first year students were not using floss whereas approximately 22% of the interns were using floss. Among first year students, 42.7% participants and 35.1% among second year were smokers. Smoking habit was less among final year participants (21.1%) and interns (29.4%). Consumption of Smokeless tobacco was maximum by second year students (14%) and least by 11.8% interns. Very few students (10.6% of third year and 5.9% of interns) had habit of alcohol consumption. Conclusions: Besides the positive changes revealed in the oral hygiene practices and deleterious habits related to oral health among the students passing through the undergraduate curriculum from first to final year of dental studies, preventive behavior among the students could still be improved, which can bring positive changes in oral health of these students and their society.


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