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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 394-396

Oral health knowledge, attitude, and practice among nursing students in the North-Eastern part of Rajasthan, India

1 Department of Microbiology, Sardar Patel Medical College, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Dentistry, Private Dental Clinic, Saskatchewan, Canada
3 Department of Dentistry, Private Dental Clinic, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijnmr.IJNMR_20_19

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Background: Professional and paramedical students have a key role in oral health promotion. The aim of this study was to assess oral health–related Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice (KAP) among the nursing students in Rajasthan. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study was carried out among 409 nursing students from five different institutes who were selected by simple random sampling. A 27-item questionnaire was used to assess KAP. The resulting data were analyzed using frequency distribution. Results: Over 50% of the students used toothbrush and toothpaste twice a day to maintain their oral hygiene. Besides, 41% recognized the importance of dental visit in case of gingival bleeding and knew that poor oral hygiene is responsible for bad breath. Conclusions: Oral health–related behavior among the nursing students needs improvement. More educational and preventive programs should be organized to achieve better results.

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