Assessment of Oral Health Awareness among NonClinical Dental Student in Lucknow City Uttar Pradesh: A Cross-Sectional Questionnaire Study


Authors : Dr. Shraddha Mishra; Dr. Anuradha P; Dr. Archita Agarwal

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 2 - February

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6345506

Good Oral health awareness among dental students have a positive influence on attitude and behaviour of their patient pertaining to oral health and reduces oral negligence among the people of the society. Aim : To assess oral health awareness among undergraduate Dental Student in Lucknow city Uttar Pradesh . Materials and methods : A total of 200 dental students in their preclinical year were selected for the study. Out of which 100 students were selected from BDS 1 st year and 100 students were selected from BDS 2 nd year . A closed ended questionnaire on oral health awareness which was prepared online was used to collect data. SPSS(Statistical Package For Social Sciences) Software version 21.0 was used for statistical analysis. Descriptive data was presented in frequency and percentage .Chi square test was used to compare level of oral health awareness and year of study . A p-value <0.005 was considered statistically significant. Results: 72.05% BDS 2 nd year students responded correctly to all oral health awareness questions and 55.08% BDS 1 st year students responded correctly to the same . Dental students had less knowledge on oral cancer as only 26% of BDS 1 st year and 41% of BDS 2 nd year student were aware that most common site of oral cancer is tongue and 28% of BDS 1 st year student and 43% of BDS 2 nd year student were aware that squamous cell carcinoma is the most common form of oral cancer. There was no statistically significant differences between their responses on oral cancer awareness (p>0.005) Conclusion: It is concluded from the present study that BDS 2 nd year students have good oral health knowledge and more oral health awareness in comparison to BDS 1 st year students. But both year students possessed poor knowledge and awareness on oral cancer

Keywords : Oral Health Awareness, Knowledge, Dental students .

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