Romanian Journal of Medical and Dental Education Volum 9 Issue 5, 2020 ASSOCIATION BETWEEN ORAL HEALTH PERCEPTIONS AND ORAL HEALTH STATUS OF DENTAL STUDENTS IN IASI, ROMANIA

ASSOCIATION BETWEEN ORAL HEALTH PERCEPTIONS AND ORAL HEALTH STATUS OF DENTAL STUDENTS IN IASI, ROMANIA

Livia Ionela Bobu, Catalina Iulia Saveanu, Octavian Ciceu, Carina Balcos, Adina Armencia, Alice Murariu

ABSTRACT

Dental students have the role to pass on the knowledge of oral hygiene to future patients. The aim of the present study was to assess the attitudes and behaviors towards oral health of dental students in Iasi and their association with oral clinical indicators. Materials and methods The study cross-sectional clinical type included 80 students attending the 3rd year of the Faculty of Dental Medicine within the “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi. Oral health attitudes and behaviors were assessed using the HU-DBI questionnaire and the subjects were clinically examined for dental, periodontal and oral hygiene status. Results The mean HU-DBI score was 7.18. The mean values of clinical indicators were 9.56 for the DMFT and 0.78 for the OHI; 56.25% of the subjects had a CPITN score of 2. Strong correlations were found between OHI and items 2, 4, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 20, between DMFT and items 1, 8, 11 and 15 and between CPITN and items 2, 11 and 12. Conclusions The attitude of the dental students in the present study is directly proportional to their clinical oral status. Average carious indices, good oral hygiene and good periodontal health are the results of a good oral health attitude.

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