Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00004534
Title: Knowledge and awareness of oral hygiene among nursing students
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Background: Oral health knowledge is considered to be an essential prerequisite for health-related behavior. Little is known about oral health attitudes and behaviors of nursing students, especially of those who are great supporters of this field. Due to the high stress levels, the nursing students may find it difficult to maintain perfect oral hygiene. Hence, this study was initiated to assess the oral hygiene status and create improved awareness in them. Aim: The objective of the study is to assess the oral hygiene status among nursing students. Methodology: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among the nursing students in Chennai to assess the knowledge, attitude, and awareness of oral hygiene using a pre-tested questionnaire. A sample size of 100 students inclusive of 67 females and 33 males was used. Questions based on the dental knowledge and attitude toward oral hygiene were asked to the students. The questionnaire consisted of a basic 11 questions and appropriate responses were recorded. Results: About 98% of the nursing students do care about their oral hygiene. Moreover, about 90% of the students are aware of the advantages of good oral hygiene. About 66% do realize that refusing to go to a dentist does have an influence on their oral hygiene. Yet, only 33% go to a dentist for a regular checkup. Conclusion: This study concluded that even though the participants are aware of the certain consequences of bad oral hygiene, sufficient steps are not being taken by the nursing students to improve their oral hygiene.

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    Madhumithaa Sivarajan, Vinothkumar Sengottaiyan, Dhanraj Ganapathy*

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    Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Dhanraj Ganapathy, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    Madhumithaa Sivarajan, Vinothkumar Sengottaiyan, Dhanraj Ganapathy*

    Title:Knowledge and awareness of oral hygiene among nursing students
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (November )
    Year:2019
    Page No: (117-120)
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    Methodology: Awareness, Health, Nursing students, Oral hygiene
    Research Materials:oral hygiene

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Awareness Health Nursing students Oral hygiene

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