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BACKGROUND: Oral status that is free of disease which contributes to the normal functioning of the mouth. Oral health is an indispensable part of general health and plays an important role in overall health. Oral problems lead to the development of systematic disorders. Clinical year students have a virtue of their responsibility which plays a role in health promotion and preventive information. People's oral health is affected due to many factors including environment, social customs and health knowledge. The main aim of the study is to assess the oral health status and oral health behaviour of clinical year dental students.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: It is a cross sectional study which includes clinical year dental students. The data collection was done through a questionnaire survey and 110 responses in total were collected. A self administered structured questionnaire consisting of 15 questions were asked. The questionnaire surveys were asked through google forms and statistical significance was set at 5%.
RESULTS: It is found that the clinical year dental students are aware about the oral health status and oral health behaviour. The dental students are the health professionals of the future, so they are expected to possess accurate oral health status and oral health behaviour. Majority of the dentist brushed twice a day and it was found statistically significant as p value <0.05. Also 60% of the dentists visit the dentist for regular checkups. Majority of the dental students replace their toothbrush within 2 months which is statistically significant as p value<0.05. This study was done to analyse the factors to develop the strategies which would improve students oral health status and behaviour. There is a positive outcome of oral health status and oral health behaviour among the dental students.
CONCLUSION: In this study, it is observed that oral health status and oral health behaviour among the dental students is positive but there is a lack of motivation among dental students to practise oral health habits. Thus the dental students are aware about the oral health status and oral health behaviour.