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

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Main Authors: Ishan Prabhakar, K Jayaprakash, K K Shivalingesh, Bhuvandeep Gupta, Neha Gupta, Richa Anand
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications 2015-01-01
Series:Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry
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Online Access:http://www.jiaphd.org/article.asp?issn=2319-5932;year=2015;volume=13;issue=1;spage=63;epage=66;aulast=Prabhakar
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spelling doaj-818a7dfa1dcb41618e146acf5da5d2412020-11-25T00:25:42ZengWolters Kluwer Medknow PublicationsJournal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry2319-59322350-04842015-01-01131636610.4103/2319-5932.153592Determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of Greater Noida, IndiaIshan PrabhakarK JayaprakashK K ShivalingeshBhuvandeep GuptaNeha GuptaRicha AnandIntroduction: 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.http://www.jiaphd.org/article.asp?issn=2319-5932;year=2015;volume=13;issue=1;spage=63;epage=66;aulast=PrabhakarBehaviordental studentsknowledgeoral healthpracticeself-care
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author Ishan Prabhakar
K Jayaprakash
K K Shivalingesh
Bhuvandeep Gupta
Neha Gupta
Richa Anand
spellingShingle Ishan Prabhakar
K Jayaprakash
K K Shivalingesh
Bhuvandeep Gupta
Neha Gupta
Richa Anand
Determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of Greater Noida, India
Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry
Behavior
dental students
knowledge
oral health
practice
self-care
author_facet Ishan Prabhakar
K Jayaprakash
K K Shivalingesh
Bhuvandeep Gupta
Neha Gupta
Richa Anand
author_sort Ishan Prabhakar
title Determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of Greater Noida, India
title_short Determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of Greater Noida, India
title_full Determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of Greater Noida, India
title_fullStr Determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of Greater Noida, India
title_full_unstemmed Determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of Greater Noida, India
title_sort determinants of preventive oral health behavior among senior dental students of greater noida, india
publisher Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications
series Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry
issn 2319-5932
2350-0484
publishDate 2015-01-01
description 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.
topic Behavior
dental students
knowledge
oral health
practice
self-care
url http://www.jiaphd.org/article.asp?issn=2319-5932;year=2015;volume=13;issue=1;spage=63;epage=66;aulast=Prabhakar
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