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Attitude Towards Own Oral Health and Hygiene: A Survey of Medical and Dental Students of Karachi, Pakistan - JPDA

Attitude Towards Own Oral Health and Hygiene: A Survey of Medical and Dental Students of Karachi, Pakistan

Muhammad Salman Rashid1 – BDS
Irfan Ali2 – BDS, FCPS
Zia Ur Rahman Khan3 – BDS, MFDS RCPSG
Sharjeel Bashir4 – BDS
Syed Mahmood Haider5 – BDS, MSc, FFDRCSI, FDSRCS
Nabeel Haider6 – BDS, MFDS RCSEd
Muhammad Aqeel Aslam7 – BDS, MFDS RCSEd
Abdul Hadi Bashir8 – Pharm-D

ABSTRACT:
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to compare the attitude of medical and dental undergraduate students of various medical and dental institutes, towards their own oral hygiene and habits.

METHODOLOGY: This was a questionnaire based analytical cross sectional study conducted in various dental and medical institutes of Karachi. The questionnaires were circulated amongst the selected medical and dental institutes of the city. A total of 1100 undergraduate students filled and returned the questionnaire. Data analysis was done on SPSS Version 14.0 using Chi Square test of associations. A p value of less than 0.05 was considered statically significant.

RESULT: The study shows that medical students (n=663, 60.3%) were more concerned about oral hygiene than dental students (n=437, 39.7%) (p=0.001). Among them females (n=815, 74.1%) were more conscious about oral hygiene than males (n=285, 25.9%) (p=0.001). Clinical students (n=347, 31.5%) were more aware about their hygiene than pre-clinical students (n=753, 68.5%) (p=0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: Within the limitations of this study medical students, female gender and students in clinical rotations had better attitude towards own oral health and hygiene.

KEYWORDS: Oral health, oral hygiene, attitude, dental students.

HOW TO CITE: Rashid MS, Ali I, Khan ZR, Bashir S, Haider SM, Hafeez N, Aslam MA, Bashir AH. Attitude Towards Own Oral Health and Hygiene: A Survey of Medical and Dental Students of Karachi, Pakistan. J Pak Dent Assoc 2016; 25(2): 53-58

Received: 8 February 2016, Accepted: 21 May 2016.