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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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Mentions: A frequency classification of individuals based on the degree of anxiety reveals a negatively skewed curve, with most of the participants falling on the right side of the continuum, depicting higher anxiety values. Figure 5 depicts that a majority of participants (54%) experienced high anxiety with a mean of 67.23%. This was followed by about 33% of participants with a moderate score of 53.6. About 8% of participants obtained a low mean score of 36.3, 5% experienced very high anxiety of 82%, and none of the participants experienced very low anxiety. This break-up is indicative of the fact that there is a tendency among late adolescents to feel highly apprehensive of dental procedures, nearly marginalizing on the phobic category. The very idea of visiting a dentist was, thus, a scary one as supported by several studies [24–28]. Agdal et al [26] also reported that as many as 75% of US adults experience anxiety of some form in relation to a dental experience.


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

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

Frequency distribution of participants in different levels of anxiety.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4215002&req=5

fig5: Frequency distribution of participants in different levels of anxiety.
Mentions: A frequency classification of individuals based on the degree of anxiety reveals a negatively skewed curve, with most of the participants falling on the right side of the continuum, depicting higher anxiety values. Figure 5 depicts that a majority of participants (54%) experienced high anxiety with a mean of 67.23%. This was followed by about 33% of participants with a moderate score of 53.6. About 8% of participants obtained a low mean score of 36.3, 5% experienced very high anxiety of 82%, and none of the participants experienced very low anxiety. This break-up is indicative of the fact that there is a tendency among late adolescents to feel highly apprehensive of dental procedures, nearly marginalizing on the phobic category. The very idea of visiting a dentist was, thus, a scary one as supported by several studies [24–28]. Agdal et al [26] also reported that as many as 75% of US adults experience anxiety of some form in relation to a dental experience.

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.

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