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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Oral Hygiene Practice Among Patients Visiting Terna Dental College

KC Oswal

Citation Information : Oswal K. Oral Hygiene Practice Among Patients Visiting Terna Dental College. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2013; 7 (1):33-36.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-7-1-33

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


Abstract

Aim

To assess the knowledge, attitude and awareness related to oral health and associated habits among the patients visiting Terna Dental College (Mumbai).

Methodology

A cross sectional survey was done among 218 randomly selected patients. The survey captured the demographics, oral hygiene practice, tobacco habits of all the participants.

Results

Most of the participants use toothbrush and toothpaste. 10% of the patients still use mishri. The knowledge about the correct brushing technique and frequency of changing the brush was poor. 76% of the participants accessed the dental health care only if there is pain. The awareness about the harmful effect of passive smoking and the tobacco control laws was very poor.

Conclusion

Overall the knowledge, attitude and practices of participants living in this area are not very good. There needs to be a strong, effective oral health promotion campaigns’ targeting all the population and the very high risk groups.


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