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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 103-107

Knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding preventive dentistry among dental students in Tamil Nadu, India

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Best Dental Science College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Sangeeta Chavan
Best Dental Science College, Ultra Nagar, Madurai-Chennai Highway, Madurai - 625 104, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_13_19

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Purpose: This study aimed to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice of preventive dentistry among dental students. Materials and Methods: It is a cross-sectional study conducted among dental students in Tamil Nadu, India. Seven dental colleges were randomly selected. Final-year students, interns, and postgraduates were selected at random. The survey was conducted in the month of July–September 2018. A 17-item, structured, self-administered questionnaire consisting of demographic information and questions which were based on the knowledge, attitude, and practices of preventive dentistry was used to collect data from the study participants. Ethical clearance and informed consent were obtained. Results: Nearly 93.1% of final-year students, 98.4% of interns, and 45.7% of postgraduates were knowledgeable of preventive dentistry. Majority of the dental students responded that regular dental checkup is important in preventing oral diseases and nearly 67% of final-year students, 62.9% of interns, and 80.2% of postgraduates reported that they feel competent in performing preventive dental procedures. More than 50% of the respondents expressed a need for some changes in the dental curriculum. Conclusion: Results indicate that even though students have knowledge regarding preventive dentistry, the emphasis on practicing it is not adequate. Hence, there is a need a need for change to improve to improve knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding preventive dentistry in undergraduate students.

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