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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 1-7

Knowledge regarding use of oral hygiene aids among dental interns in Saudi Arabia


Department of Periodontics & Community Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
MDS Nabeeh A AlQahtani
Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics & Community Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha – PO Box No 3263
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1658-743X.291938

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Context: Toothbrushes with dentifrice are the most widely used method of self-performed mechanical plaque control. Plaque removal exclusively by tooth brushing is difficult in critical inter-dental areas. Several inter-dental cleaning aids have been developed and are available like dental floss, toothpick, uni-tufted and proxa brush. Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge regarding use of oral hygiene aids among dental interns in Saudi Arabia. Setting and Design: The present study is a cross-sectional questionnaire based study. Methodology: A questionnaire with 12 questions focusing on the application of different oral hygiene aids was developed to assess knowledge among dental interns. Six schools were randomly selected for the study and intern dentists were included in the study. Statistical Analysis: The collected responses were analyzed for descriptive statistics. Results: A total of 393 (87.5%) out of 449 dental interns participated in the research. The mean knowledge score was found to be 5.45±1.71. The maximum and minimum score obtained was 10 and 1 respectively. Overall, majority (59.5%) of respondents were found to have average knowledge regarding oral hygiene aids. Knowledge in good and excellent categories together was found in only 27.3%. Conclusions: The knowledge regarding use of oral hygiene aids among dental interns was found to be inadequate. There is a need to emphasize significance of maintenance phase of treatment especially by self-care measures. Further research regarding behavior and attitudes of dental interns on oral hygiene aids needs to be investigated.


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