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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 76-80

Perceived oral health status and treatment needs of dental students


1 Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Institute of Dental Education and Advance Studies, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Institute of Dental Education and Advance Studies, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of Prosthetic Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jizan, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Anchal Deep
Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Institute of Dental Education and Advance Studies, Near Airforce Station, N.H. 92, Gwalior - 474 020, Madhya Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/njms.NJMS_14_19

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Introduction: The aim of this study is to determine the oral health status, anxiety levels, and perceived dental treatment needs of dental students in India. Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study of students from Kalka Dental College, India, was conducted using self-administered questionnaire to obtain information on demography, self-reported oral health status, knowledge of the impact of oral health on daily life activity, anxiety levels, dental attendance, and perceived dental needs. Results: Fifty-three percent of respondents rated their oral health as good and almost all (99%) agreed that oral health is a part of general health. Out of 80.1% who had previous dental treatment, scaling and polishing accounted for 16%, whereas 19% had their orthodontic treatment done. At present, their perceived dental treatment needs range from scaling and polishing (36.98%) and fillings (29.79%) to orthodontic treatment (33.2%). Forty-six percent of patients reported a feeling of anxiety while visiting a dentist. Conclusion: This survey revealed that most of the students are aware that oral health is a component of general health and that it has an impact on an individual's daily life. More than half of the students perceived their oral health as good, but only a few knew that there is a need for a preventive approach to oral health as evident by the percentage that perceived scaling and polishing as a treatment need.


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