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Awareness of Oral Hygiene and Esthetic Vigilance among Youngsters: A Web-based Study

Sai Priya Jilkapally, Jammula Surya Prasanna

Keywords : Brushing, Esthetics, Oral hygiene, Youngsters

Citation Information : Jilkapally SP, Prasanna JS. Awareness of Oral Hygiene and Esthetic Vigilance among Youngsters: A Web-based Study. CODS J Dent 2020; 12 (2):35-40.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10063-0061

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 16-04-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim and objective: To assess awareness and vigilance of oral health and esthetics among the young population. Materials and methods: A web-based, self-constructed, multiple-choice questionnaire consisting of 19 questions prepared on Google forms application was used for the survey and distributed using Gmail, WhatsApp among 246 youngsters with an age group ranging from 15 to 30 years selected adopting a convenient sampling method. Results: The result of the study shows awareness of oral hygiene and esthetics were moderate among the youngsters. Ninety-eight percent think oral cleanliness is required and 58.9% brush only once daily. 73.6% brush only to maintain cleanliness. 90.7% were concerned about the esthetics and 81.7% would like to resolve the problem to enhance esthetics and 35.2% found the treatment expensive. Only 50% of them were aware of a specialist called a periodontist and 54% visit a general dentist and 31.7% like to visit a dentist only in times of any oral problem. Conclusion: The majority of the subjects were unaware of a specialist named a periodontist and would visit a general dentist in times of need. Thus, there is a definite need to focus on spreading awareness among youngsters regarding oral hygiene maintenance and esthetic corrections in compromised conditions.


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