Dental Students oral hygiene attitude and behavior in Haldia, India
Aims and Objectives: To assess the oral health attitudes and behaviors among preclinical dental students in a private dental college in Haldia. Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted among 100 preclinical dental students by a self-administered questionnaire based on the Hiroshima University-Dental Behavior Inventory (HU-DBI) at Haldia Dental College, West Bengal, India. The data collected was coded, computerized and analyzed by using statistical program for social sciences (SPSS) 20 version to detect differences in mean HU-DBI scores of students by gender. P values of ≤0.05 were considered statistically significant. Results: The response rate was 97 (97/100). The mean value of the HU-BDI score was 5.08, which is low compared to that of other countries. Females showed a significantly higher score than males. Conclusions: The present study showed that the awareness of oral hygiene was low amongst dental students in Haldia and its necessary to promote dental hygiene by educational programs.
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