Oral Hygiene Status and Gingivitis among Undergraduate Dental Students- A Descriptive Survey

Shetty, Mranali K and Shetty, Karthik and Thomas, Bijju and Shenoy, Ramya and Shetty, Shilpa (2014) Oral Hygiene Status and Gingivitis among Undergraduate Dental Students- A Descriptive Survey. Journal of Medical Science and Clinical Research, 2 (10). pp. 2589-2593. ISSN (e)-2347-176x

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The importance of personal hygiene is a very variable concept for every individual and the routines for its maintenance frequently differ from person to person. Dentist’s attitudes toward their oral health have been found to affect the quality of care delivered to their patients. Incorporating good oral hygiene attitudes into dental students early during their under graduate years will help ensure that they inculcate these into their everyday routines throughout their lives. Researchers have found oral health attitudes and behaviors among dental students to be different in their pre-clinical and clinical years. Gingivitis has been seen to be one of the most predominant dental maladies affecting the general population. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of Gingivitis among dental students. In the current study, Oral Hygiene Index Simplified, and Gingival Index were used to assess the oral hygiene status of 500 dental students. Results showed 87.8 % (439) had good oral hygiene , 9 %(45) had fair oral hygiene and 3.2 %(16) had poor oral hygiene. About 85% (425) of the participants reported mild gingivitis, 10%(50) of the participants had moderate gingivitis and 5% (25) of the study subjects suffered from severe gingivitis. It was also found male dental students had higher bleeding and worse hygiene as compared to the female dental students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oral hygiene, Gingivitis, Dental students
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Conservative Dentistry
Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Public Health Dentistry
Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Periodontics
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2014 11:07
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 11:07
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/140887

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