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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 171-176

Assessment of awareness of periodontal disease among dental undergraduates: A questionnaire study

Department of Periodontology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Shruti S Ligade
Department of Periodontology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune - 411 018
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_64_20

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Background: Periodontal disease has become a major public health problem in India with a high prevalence. Conventionally, it is believed that regular dental prophylaxis and maintenance of oral hygiene is sufficient for the prevention or control of gingival diseases, and yet there are patients undergoing various periodontal surgeries in everyday life. Periodontology treats the body as one unit, and hence, there should be in-depth knowledge of systematic diseases and their relation with the oral cavity. The awareness about the scope of periodontology and the major as well as minor surgeries is very low among the population as among the undergraduate students. This questionnaire survey was undertaken to judge the same and subsequently, if required, provide awareness. Methodology: The blinded questionnaire survey was undertaken among all the dental colleges from Pune, namely, Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental college (Pimpri), Sinhgad Dental College (Pune), Rangoonwala Dental College (Pune), and Bharti Vidyapeeth Dental College (Pune). A total of 150 students from the final year of all colleges voluntarily participated in the study. As it was a triple blinded study, no gender bias was obtained in the result. Results: On getting the results and statistical analysis using SPSS Version 11.5 software, it was found that dental undergraduate students (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) had superficial knowledge about maintenance of periodontal health, namely the students could tell the importance of chlorhexidine mouth wash but were unable to tell the appropriate method of use. Many students were not able to differentiate between the symptoms of the periodontal abscess and periapical abscess. The importance of implant landmarks and basic knowledge about the pull of frenal attachment was lacking among the majority of the participants among all the three colleges. Conclusion: It can be stated that periodontal awareness among dental undergraduates was lacking in regard to its application toward the surgeries and its importance with systemic diseases as diabetes and hypertension. This bridge of ignorance must be crossed so that patients can be rightly educated by in earliest stage, and the importance of the branch of periodontology can be duly given. Note: Please note source file has more reviewer queries found, please check and confirm

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