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Evaluation of knowledge, attitude, self-reported practice and prescription pattern of interdental aids of dental students

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Daisy Happy and Prachi Janbandhu
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Health Sciences
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Effective oral hygiene is a crucial factor in maintaining good oral health, & thus, overall health. The regular & effective removal of dental plaque is important to prevent common oral diseases like gingivitis & periodontitiseffectuated by use of interdental aids in addition to toothbrush. Dentists play a major role in creating awareness about the importance of interdental aids & motivating patients to use them. This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, self-reported practice & prescription pattern of interdental aids by dental students of Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital, Pune. Data was collected using a 22-item questionnaire from 200 dental students (undergraduate and post-graduate). Mean knowledge score was determined to be 2.27 out of 5. 100% correct responses were given by only 1% participants. 87% agreed that the routine use of dental floss is necessary for maintaining periodontal health. 74% reported that dental flossing is technique sensitive &time consuming. 19.5% respondents use other interdental aids like interdental brushes (11.5%) or toothpick (7%) occasionally. 81.5% participants reported that they prescribe interdental aids to their patients. 75% demonstrate the correct technique of using interdental aids. The overall knowledge was found to be below average & a greater emphasis is needed to improve it. A good knowledge base, attitude can positively influence good oral hygiene practices among themselves and the general population. Dentists should practice recommended oral self-care and act as role models.

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