Aim: The aim of the article is to assess the age of the first dental visit among dental students in two reputed private dental institutions situated in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate the age of first dental visit among dental students including undergraduates, interns, and postgraduates in two reputed private dental institutions situated in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Ethical clearance for this study was obtained from the Institutional Ethical Committee and the Dean of the respected dental colleges. A total of 537 dental students, irrespective of their gender, who were willing to be part of the study were enrolled, and a questionnaire was provided to them, which included the questions related to their first dental visit and experiences related to it. The data thus obtained were analyzed using Epi Info software version 6.
Results: Based on the individual questions in the questionnaire, the results were interpreted. It was found that only 2.6% had visited the dentist in the early age, i.e., 0 to 5 years, whereas 44.4% had visited the dentist when they were older than 17 years. The most common reason for visiting the dentist was caries. About 78.5% of dental students had experienced dental treatment, with 77.3% among them clearly remembering the dental treatment provided to them. Maximum subjects had undergone dental restorations. It was observed that only for 47.7% subjects, recall visits were scheduled, and among these subjects, only 44.06% had reported for the recall visits. About 30.3% had rated that their first visit to the dentist was good, whereas 5.2% had reported it to be painful.
Conclusion: Thus, from the present study, it is evident that the necessary awareness regarding the first dental visit is very low, with the subjects approaching the dentist after the establishment of oral ill health thus demanding interception rather than prevention of diseases.
Keywords: First dental visit, Dental students, Dental awareness.
How to cite this article: Mittal R, Kumar S, Bhondey A, Rathi A. Assessment of the Age of First Dental Visit among Dental Students in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India: A Cross-sectional Study. Int J Oral Care Res 2016;4(4):251-254.
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Conflict of interest: None