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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 70-73

Oral health awareness among the final year undergraduate nursing students in Khammam district, Telangana

1 Department of Periodontics, Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Sciences, Hyderabad, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Sciences, Hyderabad, India
3 Department of Periodontics, Mamata Dental College, Khammam, Telangana, India
4 Department of Pedodontics, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences, Hyderabad, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2394-2010.153891

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Background: Nursing is an important paramedical course and is considered as an essential supplementary branch of medicine. Nurses play an essential role in the society to improve public awareness about general and oral health. Thus, the aim of this study was to assess the oral health awareness of all the final year undergraduate nursing students of Khammam district. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted in all the nursing colleges of Khammam district. A total of 147 students were included in the study and they were provided with a questionnaire consisting of 26 questions which were evaluated under four categories. Data analysis was done to find the statistical significance among the variables. Results: 89.8% of the students knew how many teeth we have in our oral cavity. Many of them were not aware of proper brushing method. Regarding oral health, they had adequate knowledge on identification of disease and its relation to general health, and the effect of diet on oral health, but around 81% were confused with the identification of tooth decay. Around 51% of them were not sure about the number of visits a person should make to a dentist. Conclusion: Nursing students have adequate knowledge on basic oral structure and identifying oral diseases, but they are little confused with the method of brushing, number of visits a person should make to a dentist, and specialties in dentistry. Many have shown interest toward camps and clinical postings to improve their knowledge and serve the public.

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