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International Journal of Dental Sciences and Research. 2018, 6(5), 129-133
DOI: 10.12691/ijdsr-6-5-4
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Oral Hygiene Perceptions and Practices among Population of Al-Qassim Region, KSA

Ahmed Obied Almahrul1, and Ahmed Mohammed Aldakhil2

1King Abdulaziz University Dental Hospital, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA

2College of Dentistry, Qassim University, Buraidah, KSA

Pub. Date: September 17, 2018

Cite this paper:
Ahmed Obied Almahrul and Ahmed Mohammed Aldakhil. Oral Hygiene Perceptions and Practices among Population of Al-Qassim Region, KSA. International Journal of Dental Sciences and Research. 2018; 6(5):129-133. doi: 10.12691/ijdsr-6-5-4


Oral health knowledge is considered to be an essential prerequisite for health related behavior. Studies have shown that there is an association between knowledge and better oral health. Although many studies have been carried out from time to time to assess the knowledge and behavior of people about oral health, there is still a dearth of education regarding the same especially for rural people in Saudi Arabia. The aim of the present study is to identify the daily performed oral hygiene practices and awareness of Saudi dental patients towards oral hygiene maintenance and to assist Saudi dental authorities to provide and enhance the governmental dental services. After obtaining the Institutional Ethical Committee approval, 199 Saudi nationals (male & female) visiting the dental clinics, College of dentistry, Qassim University were selected randomly and questionnaires were handed over for the needed information. The data was statistically evaluated using Chi square test. p value of 0.05 will be considered as level of significance. The results showed statistically significant results with respect to the parameters such as methods and frequency of tooth brushing, responses related to use of other dental cleaning Aids, Awareness for oral-systemic health relations, frequency and cause of visiting dentist and awareness about bleeding gums & oral Mal-odor. It is concluded that even though there is fair knowledge about the oral health awareness among the people, more awareness projects are needed by the higher Saudi authorities in implementing and following them meticulously for better overall oral and general health.

awareness knowledge practice oral hygiene systemic health oral hygiene recommendations Al-Qassim; KSA

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