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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-39

A survey about knowledge, attitude, and practice of oral health among the students of Faculty of Medicine, Medical College, Vadodara – A comparative study


Department of Dentistry, Medical College Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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Arti Jayman Raval
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DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_123_20

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Background: Oral health is essential for maintenance of good mental and physical health. The relationship between knowledge and better oral health has been well recorded. The aim of this study was to evaluate, assess, and compare about knowledge, attitude, and practice of oral and periodontal health in the professionals of medical, physiotherapy, and nursing. Materials and Methods: A survey was carried out among the students of Faculty of Medicine, Medical College Vadodara. Three hundred students were chosen using a simple random sampling method, and a self-constructed 15-item questionnaire about oral and periodontal health awareness was allotted to all students. Descriptive statistics such as mean, one-way analysis of variance, and post hoc test was used to compare overall oral and periodontal health awareness and knowledge among the students. Results: A considerable lack of oral hygiene awareness and limited knowledge of oral hygiene practices even in health professionals were noted. Conclusions: Therefore, there is an immediate requirement for extensive educational programs to encourage good oral health and conduct various learning programs about the right oral hygiene practices even in health professionals.


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