Lack of adequate knowledge among the dentists regarding dental floss has to be addressed immediately. The percentage of prescription of dental floss is also less, which can be correlated with lack of patient compliance. A large proportion of dentists agree that dental floss requires good propaganda to increase its usage. The respondents also felt that a greater emphasis is needed on dental floss education in dental schools in India as well. This may also transcend to an improved prescription of dental floss. Awareness regarding dental floss needs to be bolstered in the general population as a preventive oral healthcare behavior.
Thus, increased usage of dental floss along with toothbrush may prevent periodontal diseases in the Indian population. Source of Support: Nil. Conflict of Interest: None declared. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. J Indian Soc Periodontol. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer.
Address for correspondence: Dr. E-mail: moc. Received Oct 14; Accepted Nov This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract Objectives: To assess the knowledge, attitude, self-reported practices, and prescription patterns regarding dental floss amongst a select population of dentists in India. Materials and Methods: A pretested item questionnaire was self-administered by authors to the dental faculty and postgraduate students in dental schools in Delhi-National Capital Region NCR.
Results: There was lack of adequate knowledge regarding dental floss, among dentists in India. Conclusion: Health education programs regarding dental floss are necessary to create awareness among the general population and adequate training at undergraduate level is also essential to increase the prescription practices. Keywords: Attitude, dental floss, dentists, India, knowledge, practices, survey. Study setting The present study was carried out amongst the select population of dentists working as faculty in various dental schools in the National Capital Territory Region, Delhi, India.
Sample size estimation and selection of study participants The findings of the pilot study revealed that the proportion of the dentists using dental floss was Table 1 Characteristics of study participants. Open in a separate window.
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Table 2 Assessment of knowledge regarding dental floss in the study population. Table 3 Assessment of attitude regarding dental floss in the study population. Figure 1. Figure 3. Education Self-reported practices Frequency of use of dental floss Figure 2.
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