Background: Oral diseases are still a burden in developing countries like India and their prevalence is determined by number of factors like geographical region, availability and accessibility of oral health services. Dental caries and periodontal diseases are the two most common oral diseases in India. Oral health has been neglected for long in India. The scarce literature on dental health awareness, attitude, oral health-related habits and behaviour among the adult population in Jammu prompted us to assess the preventive oral health awareness and oral hygiene practices in patients attending outpatient department of Department Of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Indira Gandhi Govt Dental College, Jammu(J&K) through this study. Materials and Methods: A total of 500 patients in the age group 15–50 years were selected using random sampling technique. A self-administered structured questionnaire including 16 multiple choice questions was given to them. Results: The result of this study shows an acute lack of oral hygiene awareness and limited knowledge of oral hygiene practices. Conclusion: Hence, there is an urgent need for comprehensive educational programs to promote good oral health and impart education about correct oral hygiene practices.
Keywords: Oral Health Education, oral hygiene practices, oral hygiene awareness