Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding periodontal health in patients visiting a dental teaching hospital

Authors

  • Deepa Aryal Lecturer, Department of Periodontics, Kantipur Dental College and Hospital, Basundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Nashib Pandey Lecturer, Department of Periodontics, Kantipur Dental College and Hospital, Basundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kamana Neupane Postgraduate Resident, Department of Periodontics, Kantipur Dental College and Hospital, Basundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Arjun Hari Rijal Postgraduate Resident, Department of Periodontics, Kantipur Dental College and Hospital, Basundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Bhageshwar Dhami Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics, Kantipur Dental College and Hospital, Basundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rosina Bhattarai Lecturer, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Medical Sciences, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jkmc.v10i3.41239

Keywords:

Dental floss, Dental plaque, Oral health, Periodontal disease, Probiotics

Abstract

Background: Periodontal diseases, despite being preventable have an increasing prevalence worldwide. Mechanical plaque control methods are most effective to prevent and control these diseases.

Objectives: To assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding periodontal health among patients visiting department of Periodontics, Kantipur Dental College and Hospital.

Methods: An analytical cross-sectional study was conducted by administrating pretested questionnaire to 384 patients in Kantipur Dental College and Hospital from Sep 2020 to Aug 2021. The study was conducted for one year after taking ethical clearance. All the patients who first visited the department of Periodontics were requested to participate by convenience sampling method. Statistical analysis was done to correlate among knowledge, attitude, and practices.

Results: Positive attitude and practices towards dental floss 165 (43%), tongue cleaning 273 (71.1%), replacing tooth brush 268 (69.8%), and regular dental visits 202 (52.6%) was demonstrated. There was lack of knowledge on interdental brushes 79 (20.52%), probiotics 52 (13.5%), gingival massage, and their use to improve periodontal health 17 (4.4%). 

Conclusion: The majority of the respondents had good oral hygiene practices with favourable knowledge and attitude with respect to periodontal health and its measure to control the disease. Various preventive programs must be conducted regularly to brush up their knowledge. Further improvements should be focused on knowledge and attitude which can increase and improve the practice of oral health.

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Published

2021-09-30

How to Cite

Aryal, D. ., Pandey, N., Neupane, K., Rijal, A. H., Dhami, B., & Bhattarai, R. (2021). Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding periodontal health in patients visiting a dental teaching hospital. Journal of Kathmandu Medical College, 10(3), 147–151. https://doi.org/10.3126/jkmc.v10i3.41239

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