Evaluation of oral hygiene practices and awareness among dental students in Namakkal district

Sugumari Elavarasu, Arthiie Thangavelu, Santhosh Sekar, Jayashakthi Saravanan, Saranya Selvaraj
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Aim and objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate oral hygiene practices and awareness among dental students from three dental colleges in Namakkal district. Materials and methods: A cross sectional study was conducted among dental students from three dental colleges in Namakkal district. The oral hygiene knowledge among the study group was assessed through a questionnaire, with 16 questions. Results: A total of 471 students took part in the study. 85% students used a combination of
more » ... ical and horizontal type of brushing. The use of mouthwash was only 41%. About 66% students visited a dentist only in case of oral or dental problems. 12% had bleeding on brushing, 5% had bad breath. Conclusion: Dental students themselves fall short of their expectation. Dental students need to follow proper oral hygiene practices properly in order to educate the general public.
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