Journal of Oral Research and Review

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--5

Oral hygiene-related knowledge and attitude among nigerian medical and pharmacy students: a cross-sectional study


Clement C Azodo1, Oghogho Abanaba2 
1 Department of Periodontics, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
2 Department of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Clement C Azodo
Department of Periodontics, Room No. 21, 2nd Floor, Prof Ejide Dental Complex, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 1111, Ugbowo, Benin City, Edo State
Nigeria

Objective: Oral hygiene, which denotes the cleanliness of the mouth, is a part of the general body hygiene and fundamental to optimal oral health. The objective of the study was to examine the oral hygiene-related knowledge and attitude among Nigerian medical and pharmacy students. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 482 randomly selected medical and pharmacy students. The data collection tool was a self-administered questionnaire. Results: The majority of the participants never attended dental clinic (74.9%), reported good/excellent self-reported periodontal status (89.8%), and regard for mouth cleanliness as important (97.3%). The knowledge of mouth odor arising from tooth deposit (97.3%) was highest followed by that on bleeding gum (94.8%) and plaque knowledge (77.2%). Participants with inadequate oral hygiene knowledge reported higher mean desire to improve oral care (20.18 ± 0.10), whereas participants with adequate oral hygiene knowledge reported higher mean sociability (7.43 ± 0.05) and persistence (10.27 ± 0.19). Participants with positive oral hygiene attitude reported higher mean sociability (7.37 ± 0.05) and lower mean persistence (10.26 ± 0.13). Conclusion: The data from this study revealed low prevalence of adequate oral hygiene knowledge, higher positive oral hygiene attitude, good/excellent self-reported periodontal health, and high importance of mouth cleanliness among medical and pharmacy students. Oral hygiene knowledge was also significantly different among the medical and pharmacy students.


How to cite this article:
Azodo CC, Abanaba O. Oral hygiene-related knowledge and attitude among nigerian medical and pharmacy students: a cross-sectional study.J Oral Res Rev 2020;12:1-5


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Azodo CC, Abanaba O. Oral hygiene-related knowledge and attitude among nigerian medical and pharmacy students: a cross-sectional study. J Oral Res Rev [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Apr 3 ];12:1-5
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