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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 mouthwash usage.
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Mentions: Furthermore, as many as 62% of youngsters used mouthwash and believed it to be an effective procedure in countering oral problems, as indicated by an anxiety score of 58.4%. By contrast, the remaining 38% who did not use mouthwash had a higher anxiety of 62.1% (Figure 9). A strong contributing reason to the frequent use of mouthwash could be the appeal of public advertisements of mouthwash brands. Using a mouthwash is often depicted to be associated with being more popular among peers, which is a developmental need of the adolescent group of 17–20 years [46]. The unpleasant smell coming out of the oral cavity, due to the degradation of organic substances into volatile sulfur rich compounds by anaerobic bacteria present in the oral cavity, may be called foul odor, bad breath, or halitosis [40–45,47]. As stated above, these bacteria are also associated with gingivitis and periodontitis, and are commonly found in the soft deposits over the dorsum surface of the tongue, referred to as tongue plaque [42]. Psychologists cite that there is a direct relationship between an individual's socioeconomic group, level of education, and anxiousness about a dental procedure or visit [17]. People with a good economic background not only have a greater dental awareness and oral hygiene, but are also inclined to be product and brand conscious, as applicable to the use of mouthwash.


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 mouthwash usage.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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

fig9: Dental anxiety as a measure of mouthwash usage.
Mentions: Furthermore, as many as 62% of youngsters used mouthwash and believed it to be an effective procedure in countering oral problems, as indicated by an anxiety score of 58.4%. By contrast, the remaining 38% who did not use mouthwash had a higher anxiety of 62.1% (Figure 9). A strong contributing reason to the frequent use of mouthwash could be the appeal of public advertisements of mouthwash brands. Using a mouthwash is often depicted to be associated with being more popular among peers, which is a developmental need of the adolescent group of 17–20 years [46]. The unpleasant smell coming out of the oral cavity, due to the degradation of organic substances into volatile sulfur rich compounds by anaerobic bacteria present in the oral cavity, may be called foul odor, bad breath, or halitosis [40–45,47]. As stated above, these bacteria are also associated with gingivitis and periodontitis, and are commonly found in the soft deposits over the dorsum surface of the tongue, referred to as tongue plaque [42]. Psychologists cite that there is a direct relationship between an individual's socioeconomic group, level of education, and anxiousness about a dental procedure or visit [17]. People with a good economic background not only have a greater dental awareness and oral hygiene, but are also inclined to be product and brand conscious, as applicable to the use of mouthwash.

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