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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 485-490

Self-reported oral health attitudes and behaviour among students in a dental institute in Hyderabad


1 Reader, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad, India
3 Principal, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad, India

Correspondence Address:
B Srikanth Reddy
Reader, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad
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Objective: To evaluate self-reported oral health attitudes and behaviour among dental students in adental institution in Hyderabad city using the modified HU-DBI and to compare oral health attitudedifferences between years of study and gender. Materials & Methods: A modified English version of HU-DBI survey questionnaire was employedin the study. All undergraduate dental students at Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences, Hyderabadparticipated voluntarily in the study. p < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Internal consistency as calculated by Cronbach's alpha was 0.57 and the validity of thequestionnaire was 0.74. The mean age of the entire study population was 19.80 + 1.28; 84 males (25.7%)and 243 (74.3%) females participated in the study. Males and females exhibited no significant differencewith the levels of oral health attitudes and behaviour (p < 0.37) whereas significant difference was seenamong various years of study (p = 0.000) with the fourth year students having the highest percentage. Conclusion: Oral health attitudes and behaviour among this group of Indian dental students was foundto be good and improved with increasing year of study.


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