Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 63--66

Determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of Greater Noida, India


Ishan Prabhakar, K Jayaprakash, KK Shivalingesh, Bhuvandeep Gupta, Neha Gupta, Richa Anand 
 Department of Public Health Dentistry, I T S Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ishan Prabhakar
I T S Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Room No. 18, PG Boys Hostel, Plot No. 47, Knowledge Park-III, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
India

Introduction: Oral self-care practice is an effective preventive measure for maintaining good oral health. The health beliefs and attitudes of health professionals will not only affect their oral self-care habits, but will have a profound influence on their ability to motivate patients to learn and practice preventive oral health measures. Aim: The aim was to determine the preventive oral health behavior of senior dental students in relation to demography, knowledge of preventive care, and attitudes towards preventive dentistry. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a dental institution by distributing pretested questionnaire to 102 final year dental students. The overall response rate was 94%. Data were computed and tabulated. Statistical analysis was performed using Chi-square test using SPSS. Results: More than half of the respondents (56.25%) agreed that the frequency of sugar consumption has a greater role in producing caries. It was observed that 93.75% of students found preventive dentistry practice to be useful. Significant gender differences were observed in the use of recommended oral self-care, knowledge of using sealant as a caries preventive measure and fluoridation of drinking water as an effective way of preventing caries. Conclusion: There was an appreciably high level of good knowledge of preventive dental care among the dental students with a positive attitude towards preventive dentistry practice.


How to cite this article:
Prabhakar I, Jayaprakash K, Shivalingesh K K, Gupta B, Gupta N, Anand R. Determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of Greater Noida, India.J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent 2015;13:63-66


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Prabhakar I, Jayaprakash K, Shivalingesh K K, Gupta B, Gupta N, Anand R. Determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of Greater Noida, India. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 Dec 3 ];13:63-66
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