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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 49-55

Self -Assessment of Halitosis in Dental Students


Reader, Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Darshan Dental College, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Nidhi Gupta
Reader, Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Darshan Dental College, Udaipur, Rajasthan
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Aim : The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of oral hygiene practices and halitosis among undergraduate students from Darshan Dental College, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Materials and Method: A questionnaire was developed to assess the self-perception of oral health, treatment received for bad breath. The questionnaire was explained to the class leaders before the start of the study. The Chi-square test was used for comparisons among males and females, preclinical and clinical students. The significance level (p value) was set at 0.05. Results: 36% percent of male and 61% of female students reported the self-perception of oral breath. 50 % of male Clinical students and 20% of male preclinical students and 64% of female clinical students and 52% of female preclinical students reported the self-perception of oral breath. Almost 6% of male and 5% of female students experienced bad breath interference at their work during the last month. Conclusion: It is highly recommended that both male and female students put more emphasis on oral hygiene including tongue cleaning and self-perception of healthy conditions and behaviors as they have to be healthy role models for their patients. Further research is needed to objectively assess the oral bad breath by standard procedures available for clinical research.


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