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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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Mean percentage anxiety for two subtests of Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS).
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fig2: Mean percentage anxiety for two subtests of Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS).

Mentions: Results suggested that the mean percent anxiety for test one of the MDAS questionnaire was 60.66% and that for test two was 60.83%. With SD for all 100 participants as extremely low at 0.63 and 0.50, respectively, it can be said that both subtests reveal extremely close estimations of the degree of anxiety and can be taken as truly consistent indicators of patients' reactions. The grand mean %, combined for both tests, was found to be 60.75%, with a negligible deviation score of 0.52, as shown in Figure 2. This suggests that most of the college students experienced a moderately high degree of anxiety, which Kunzelmann and Dünninger [8] found was invariably present in a dental setting.


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

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

Mean percentage anxiety for two subtests of Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS).
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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

fig2: Mean percentage anxiety for two subtests of Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS).
Mentions: Results suggested that the mean percent anxiety for test one of the MDAS questionnaire was 60.66% and that for test two was 60.83%. With SD for all 100 participants as extremely low at 0.63 and 0.50, respectively, it can be said that both subtests reveal extremely close estimations of the degree of anxiety and can be taken as truly consistent indicators of patients' reactions. The grand mean %, combined for both tests, was found to be 60.75%, with a negligible deviation score of 0.52, as shown in Figure 2. This suggests that most of the college students experienced a moderately high degree of anxiety, which Kunzelmann and Dünninger [8] found was invariably present in a dental setting.

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.


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