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Donnish Journal of Dentistry and Oral Hygiene

January 2017 Vol. 3(1), pp. 001-005

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Original Research Paper


Knowledge and Attitude of Dental Students towards their Oral Health Care in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; A Comparison between Pre-clinical and Clinical Students


Shahzeb Hasan Ansari1*, Shahid Pervez Shaikh2, Hanan AlMozher3, Wafa AlGhwainm3, Sahar AlOthman3 and Huton Shweekan3

1Lecturer, Preventive Dentistry, Interns Community Projects Director, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
2Course Director, Anatomy and Physiology, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
3Dental Interns, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Corresponding Author's Email: shahzebhasan@riyadh.edu.sa

Accepted 22nd January, 2017.



Abstract


Introduction: The behavior of oral health care providers and their attitudes towards their own oral health reflect not only their understanding of the importance of preventive dental procedures but also helps in improving the oral health of their patients. Materials and methods: A total of 794 dental students from different cities participated in the online as well as paper format questionnaire. Selection of the sample was done randomly keeping in view that both clinical as well as pre-clinical students should be included. Results: When inquired about gum bleeding, 64% of pre-clinical students reported that they ignore gum bleeding, whereas only 22% of clinical students ignored the bleeding. When asked about their attitude towards frequency of visits to the dentists, 67% of pre-clinical students reported to have ignored their routine dental visits, whereas 42% of clinical students ignored their regular dental checkups.

Keywords: Dental students' attitude, Oral health knowledge, Preventive techniques.

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Shahzeb Hasan Ansari, Shahid Pervez Shaikh, Hanan AlMozher, Wafa AlGhwainm, Sahar AlOthman and Huton Shweekan. Knowledge and Attitude of Dental Students towards their Oral Health Care in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; A Comparison between Pre-clinical and Clinical Students. Donnish Journal of Dentistry and Oral Hygiene 3(1) 2017 pp. 001-005.


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