Aim: To assess the oral health awareness and practices of interns in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. Methods: A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted among the 67 interns posted in Medical College, Rewa during April 2018. Results: A total of 67 interns were approached to fill the questionnaire, the response rate was 100%. The fact that oral health is an integral component of comprehensive health was known to 100% interns. The use of a soft bristled toothbrush with a dentifrice was also reported by 100% respondents. Only 47.76% interns were aware about fluoridation of their toothpaste. Only 22.39% visited the dentist once in every 6 months. Brushing once a day was reported by 68.66% and the use of dental floss and mouthwash was reported by only 10.45% and 17.91% interns respectively. Conclusion: Awareness regarding oral health and oral health related practices were less than optimal among the studied group. Training medical students about prevention and early recognition of oral disease and prompt referral will enable them to reduce the public health burden of oral disease.
Key words: Interns, oral health, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice.
Received: 2 May 2018 Revised: 16 May 2018 Accepted: 17 May 2018
Corresponding Author: Dr. Divashree Sharma, Address F -7/2, New Doctors’ Colony, Arjun Nagar, Rewa: 486001, (M.P). India.
This article may be cited as: Mishra A, Sharma D, Tripathi GM, Shakya N, Mishra A. Oral Health Awareness and Practices among Interns in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2018;6(6):21-23.