A CROSS SECTIONAL DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF SELF PERCEIVED DENTAL HEALTH ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS AMONG STUDENTS OF DIFFERENT YEARS AT AYUB MEDICAL COLLEGE, ABBOTTABAD

*Dr.Asifa Zubair, Dr.Nabbiya Noor, Dr.Sadia Saeed
2021 Zenodo  
Oral health is an indigenous aspect of general body health and an asset of value for any human individual. As medical students are going to be future professionals they need to understand the importance of oral health so that they can direct it to their patients. Although there are various studies regarding oral health attitude, knowledge and behavior among dental school students, this study is unique and first of its kind as it is carried out on medical students and reflect their comprehension
more » ... their comprehension about the importance of oral health issues, their preclusion and their contribution to the betterment of oral/dental health of their patients. Material And Methods: A simple random,19-item, close ended questionnaire based on cross sectional descriptive study was carried out among medical students of Ayub medical college, Abbottabad.250 questionnaires were distributed among participants out of which 220 responded positively. The data obtained was analyzed statistically via using SPSS software version 25 .0 (using Kruskal Wallis and student t test). P-value < 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant. Results: The project revealed that with increasing level of education, the knowledge, attitude and behavior related to oral health also increased. Statistically significant results (p<0.001) were found for brushing routine, use of dental floss, knowledge about dental caries and number of decayed/missing/filled teeth. The comparison of preclinical & clinical students disclosed that clinical students carry better knowledge, attitude and behavior concerning their dental health than preclinical students. Conclusion: Within limitations of this study, with increasing level of education and clinical students have better understanding of knowledge, attitude and behavior towards their oral health as compared to preclinical students. Key Words: Ora [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4431034 fatcat:jju5k2n6c5cdji54sjo4urkaay