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Dental Procedures, Oral Practices, and Associated Anxiety: A Study on Late-teenagers.

Bhola R, Malhotra R - Osong Public Health Res Perspect (2014)

Bottom Line: The majority of the Indian youngsters had an evasive attitude of delaying dental treatment.The core problems lay in deficient health care knowledge, lack of patient-sensitive pedagogy to train dental professionals, inaccessibility of services, and a dismissive attitude towards medical help.Methods of education and motivation could be developed to dissipate the anxiety amongst Indian teenagers that prevent routine dental visits and maintenance of adequate oral hygiene.

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Affiliation: Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: The study aims to determine the degree of anxiety pertaining to dental procedures and various oral hygiene practices among college teenagers.

Methods: Corah's Modified Dental Anxiety Scale was administered on a randomly chosen sample of 100 Indian college students (50 males and 50 females) of Delhi University, belonging to the age group of 17-20 years.

Results: Descriptive statistical computations revealed 12.14 years as the mean age of first dental visit, with moderately high levels of anxiety (60.75%) for various dental procedures among the Indian teenagers and 5% lying in the "phobic or extremely anxious" category. With merely 4.16% people going for regular consultations, general check-ups evoked 78.3% anxiety and having an injection or a tooth removed was perceived as the most threatening. The sample subgroup not using mouthwash and mouthspray, smokers, and alcohol drinkers with improper oral hygiene practices experienced much higher anxiety towards routine dental procedures.

Conclusion: The majority of the Indian youngsters had an evasive attitude of delaying dental treatment. The core problems lay in deficient health care knowledge, lack of patient-sensitive pedagogy to train dental professionals, inaccessibility of services, and a dismissive attitude towards medical help. The feelings of fear and anxiety prevalent among the Indian youth offer significant insights into causes and preventive measures for future research and practice. Methods of education and motivation could be developed to dissipate the anxiety amongst Indian teenagers that prevent routine dental visits and maintenance of adequate oral hygiene.

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Dental anxiety as a measure of use of dental floss.
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Mentions: As several researches have proven in the past [24,38,47–50], we also found dental floss to be the most effective procedure to counter anxiety. Figure 11 shows that although only 21% of the participants used floss, their anxiety was also at a low of 48.4%. This suggests that very few people have a full and accurate awareness about dental care. This is supported by the fact that 79% individuals never used floss and in turn experienced a high anxiety of 61.3%. Dental floss is an important measure to improve oral health [24,38,47–50]. It is a silken thread used to remove soft deposits and food particles along the interdental spaces and clean the proximal surfaces of teeth. Literature suggests that improved oral prophylaxis measures result in lower anxiety for patients during their dental visits [13–20]. Further, according to Newman et al [38], flossing greatly reduces interdental deposition, further improving oral and general physical health. According to DeDonno [24], there is a learned association between anxiety and oral hygiene practices and specific education strategies can be developed to motivate oral health and reduced anxiety.


Dental Procedures, Oral Practices, and Associated Anxiety: A Study on Late-teenagers.

Bhola R, Malhotra R - Osong Public Health Res Perspect (2014)

Dental anxiety as a measure of use of dental floss.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4215002&req=5

fig11: Dental anxiety as a measure of use of dental floss.
Mentions: As several researches have proven in the past [24,38,47–50], we also found dental floss to be the most effective procedure to counter anxiety. Figure 11 shows that although only 21% of the participants used floss, their anxiety was also at a low of 48.4%. This suggests that very few people have a full and accurate awareness about dental care. This is supported by the fact that 79% individuals never used floss and in turn experienced a high anxiety of 61.3%. Dental floss is an important measure to improve oral health [24,38,47–50]. It is a silken thread used to remove soft deposits and food particles along the interdental spaces and clean the proximal surfaces of teeth. Literature suggests that improved oral prophylaxis measures result in lower anxiety for patients during their dental visits [13–20]. Further, according to Newman et al [38], flossing greatly reduces interdental deposition, further improving oral and general physical health. According to DeDonno [24], there is a learned association between anxiety and oral hygiene practices and specific education strategies can be developed to motivate oral health and reduced anxiety.

Bottom Line: The majority of the Indian youngsters had an evasive attitude of delaying dental treatment.The core problems lay in deficient health care knowledge, lack of patient-sensitive pedagogy to train dental professionals, inaccessibility of services, and a dismissive attitude towards medical help.Methods of education and motivation could be developed to dissipate the anxiety amongst Indian teenagers that prevent routine dental visits and maintenance of adequate oral hygiene.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: The study aims to determine the degree of anxiety pertaining to dental procedures and various oral hygiene practices among college teenagers.

Methods: Corah's Modified Dental Anxiety Scale was administered on a randomly chosen sample of 100 Indian college students (50 males and 50 females) of Delhi University, belonging to the age group of 17-20 years.

Results: Descriptive statistical computations revealed 12.14 years as the mean age of first dental visit, with moderately high levels of anxiety (60.75%) for various dental procedures among the Indian teenagers and 5% lying in the "phobic or extremely anxious" category. With merely 4.16% people going for regular consultations, general check-ups evoked 78.3% anxiety and having an injection or a tooth removed was perceived as the most threatening. The sample subgroup not using mouthwash and mouthspray, smokers, and alcohol drinkers with improper oral hygiene practices experienced much higher anxiety towards routine dental procedures.

Conclusion: The majority of the Indian youngsters had an evasive attitude of delaying dental treatment. The core problems lay in deficient health care knowledge, lack of patient-sensitive pedagogy to train dental professionals, inaccessibility of services, and a dismissive attitude towards medical help. The feelings of fear and anxiety prevalent among the Indian youth offer significant insights into causes and preventive measures for future research and practice. Methods of education and motivation could be developed to dissipate the anxiety amongst Indian teenagers that prevent routine dental visits and maintenance of adequate oral hygiene.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus