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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-85

To assess knowledge and awareness of North Indian population towards periodontal therapy and oral-systemic disease link: A cross-sectional survey

1 Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Dasmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences, Faridkot, Punjab, India
2 Department of Oral medicine and Radiology, Dasmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences, Faridkot, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Archana Bhatia
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Dasmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences, Faridkot, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5194.126865

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Aim of the Study: The aim of the present study was to explore and gain an understanding of patients' views on their periodontal conditions, their attitudes to oral health and expectations of treatment, as well as their knowledge toward oral-systemic disease link with the help of a questionnaire survey. Materials and Methods: The study subjects were patients with chronic periodontitis, who had been referred to Department of Periodontics. A total of 245 patients comprising of 125 males and 120 females were included in this study who attended department of Periodontics in Dasmesh Dental College and Hospital, Faridkot Punjab State during the study period from 10 th December 2010 to 10 th May 2011. Study was divided into two parts: First part consist of questions related to age, sex, demographic area along with oral hygiene measures and the second part consist of attitude toward periodontal therapy and oral-systemic disease link. Results: The results illustrated that females participate in this randomized study were more fearful about the periodontal therapy and only (13.8%) subjects were aware about the oral-systemic disease link while almost two-third population (68.9%) was unaware about this. Hence as a dentist, we should educate patients about this important relationship. Conclusion: The significant associations that were found between some of the self-care behaviors and oral hygiene levels document the important role of patient-centered oral health assessment in periodontal care. Utilization of dental services in this country should, therefore, be improved not only by improving the availability and accessibility by manpower arrangements, but also to a great extent by increasing people awareness and knowledge of their own dental disorders and by attempting to change their attitudes and behavior in relation to oral health care. Clinical Relevance to Interdisciplinary Dentistry
  • The present article highlights the importance of an interdisciplinary approach for the purpose of providing knowledge and awareness to patients regarding periodontal therapy and oral systemic links.

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