CODS - Journal of Dentistry

Register      Login

VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 2 ( July-December, 2023 ) > List of Articles

Original Article

Assessment of Dental Myths in Beliefs among Medical Undergraduates: A Cross-sectional Survey

Akhila Vanga, Srinivasulu Gomasani

Keywords : Medical students, Misconceptions, Myths

Citation Information : Vanga A, Gomasani S. Assessment of Dental Myths in Beliefs among Medical Undergraduates: A Cross-sectional Survey. CODS J Dent 2023; 15 (2):35-41.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10063-0153

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 17-05-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Background: Myths are used to convey beliefs and establish patterns of behavior. People have misconceptions about dentistry due to a lack of knowledge about oral health. Although dentistry has developed a lot today, myths and misconceptions about dentistry still exist, making it difficult to receive advanced and preventive treatment. Medical students are the backbone of the medical profession and can play an important role in combating misinformation by disseminating accurate information and awareness to the people of society. Therefore, it is important to assess their knowledge and understanding of dental myths. Aim: The study aims to determine the prevalence of dentistry-related myths among medical students in Nellore city. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among medical undergraduates consisting of a self-designed and prevalidated questionnaire regarding the myths related to dental decay, teething, pregnancy, dental treatment, and miscellaneous topics. The collected data were statistically analyzed using the Chi-squared test. Results: Almost half of the students in the 3rd year (49.70%) disagree that applying clove to a decayed tooth always relieves pain compared with other year students. The majority (48.31%) of 2nd-year students did not agree with the idea that extraction of teeth in the upper jaw causes loss of vision compared to other year students. Conclusion: Most of the participants in our study were found to have misconceptions and myths related to oral health.

PDF Share
  1. Raveena M, Tusmitha RG, Prakash R. Myths about dentistry among rural population in Tiruchengode. J Acad Dent Edu 2020;6(1-2):1–4. DOI: 10.25259/JADE_4_2020
  2. Nagaraj A, Ganta S, Yousuf A, et al. Enculturation, myths and misconceptions regarding oral health care practices among rural female folk of Rajasthan. Stud Ethno-Med 2014;8(2):157–164. DOI: 10.1080/09735070.2014.11917630
  3. Ain TS, Gowhar O, Sultan S. Prevalence of perceived myths regarding oral health and oral cancer-causing habits in Kashmir, India. Int J Sci Stud 2016;4(3):45–49. DOI: 10.17354/ijss/2016/316
  4. Vinita Mary A, Kesavan R, Keerthana S, et al. Dent-o-myths amid young community: a cross-sectional study. Int Healthcare Res J 2020;4(8):OR1–OR9. DOI: 10.26440/IHRJ/0408.11367
  5. Kiran GB, Pachava S, Sanikommu S, et al. Evaluation of dent-o-myths among adult population living in a rural region of Andhra Pradesh, India: a cross-sectional study. J Dr NTR Univ Health Sci 2016;5(2):130–136. DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.185451
  6. Chhatkuli A, Kafle S, Balami S, et al. Assessment of dental myths and misconceptions among the people of Chitwan, Nepal. Nepal Med J 2022;5(1):34–38. DOI: 10.37080/nmj.127
  7. Joshi S, Garg S, Dhindsa A, et al. Prevalent dental myths and practices in Indian population- a systematic review. Int Healthc Res J 2020;3(10):316–326. DOI: 10.26440/IHRJ/0310.01314
  8. Sharma R, Mallaiah P, Margabandhu S, et al. Dental myth, fallacies and misconceptions and its association with socio-dental impact locus of control scale. Int J Prevent Pub Health Sci 2015;1(2):14–20. DOI: 10.17354/ijpphs/2015/11
  9. Raina SA, Jain PS, Warhadpande MM. Myths and taboos in dentistry. Int J Res Med Sci 2017;5(5):1936. DOI: 10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20171821
  10. Tewari D, Nagesh L, Kumar M. Myths related to dentistry in the rural population of Bareilly district: a cross-sectional survey. J Dent Sci Oral Rehab 2014;5(2):58–64. DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10039-1014
  11. Yadav P, Shavi GR, Agarwal M, et al. Myths and misconceptions about dentistry. A cross-sectional study. Arch Dent Med Res 2015;1:14–18.
  12. Vignesh R, Priyadarshni I. Assessment of the prevalence of myths regarding oral health among general population in Maduravoyal, Chennai. J Edu Ethics Dent 2012;2(2):85. DOI: 10.4103/0974-7761.121262
  13. Saravanan N, Thiruneervannan R. Assessment of dental myths among dental patients in Salem city. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent 2011;9(Suppl 3):S359–S363.
  14. Gambhir RS, Nirola A, Anand S, et al. Myths regarding oral health among patients visiting a dental school in North India: a cross-sectional survey. Int J Oral Health Sci 2015;5(1):9–14. DOI: 10.4103/2231-6027.171158
PDF Share
PDF Share

© Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) LTD.