Awareness of Oral Hygiene Aids among General Population
Keywords:Prevention, Health care, Medical care, Interdental aids, Oral hygiene
Background: The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge of oral hygiene aids among general
Method: The study was conducted on general population in and around Chennai. A total of 100 members
were selected and self-assessed questionnaire was formulated to assess the awareness on oral hygiene aids
Result: About 72% of the population are aware of the commonly available oral hygiene aids; 42%
population used tooth paste and brush as a method of cleaning their teeth; 50% brushed once daily; 51%
used soft brushes to brush; 54% of the population change their bushes only after 6 months; 44% followed
circular motion to brush their teeth; 43% don’t use mouthwash; 49% of population media is the source of
information; to about 83% of population know the importance of oral hygiene.
Conclusion: The present study shows better knowledge and awareness of oral hygiene aids but the oral
hygiene practice seemed to be non-satisfactory. The awareness regarding the usage of oral hygiene aids,
indicates that a mass educative programme should be conducted among the general population.
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