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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 97-100

A questionnaire study about oral hygiene awareness among orthodontic patients


1 Department of Orthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Orthodontics in Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Shristi Nadar
Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2349-5243.192531

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Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the oral hygiene awareness among orthodontic patients. Objective: This research aims to find if patients undergoing orthodontic treatment are aware of the probable accumulation of dental plaque and the consequences of it, namely, bad breath, gum disease, and dental decay. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on orthodontic patients from the Department of Orthodontics in Saveetha University. A self-assessed questionnaire was formulated to assess the oral hygiene awareness among orthodontic patients. The questionnaire was pretested to assess its reliability. It was distributed to 100 patients and only completely filled questionnaires were taken for analysis. Results: An average of 44% of the population are aware of the oral hygiene measures. The female population who underwent orthodontic treatment was more aware of the oral hygiene measures compared to men. Conclusion: There is a need to incorporate more oral hygiene programs in future. Extra attention should be given in educating and motivating the patients on oral hygiene practices during orthodontic treatment in a proper manner, which will be helpful to the patients in maintaining their oral hygiene.


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