An Assessment of Dentists' Oral HealthMuhammad Humza Bin Saeed, Anum Zehra Khan, Nageen Akhtar, Sundas Tanveer, Sumayya Mehbub, Rabbia Sana,
Objective: The aim of the study was to access the oral health maintenance behavior patterns among dentists.
Study Design: Questionnaire based cross sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted in the community dentistry department of Islamic International
Dental College, Islamabad from March2013 to August 2013.
Materials and Methods: A total of 65 dentists from Islamabad were included in this study. The dentists were sampled
conveniently from Islamabad. Descriptive data was described for the reported frequencies of dentists' attitudes and
practices related to oral health.
Results: Out of 65, 61 dentists had shown positive attitude in responding close-ended questionnaires. Most of the dentists
reported brushing their teeth twice a day(n= 40,65.5%).A total of 34(55.7%) dentists reported carrying out brushing for
about 2-4minutes. The self-reported Decayed Missing Filled Teeth (DMFT) score for 21(34%) dentists was zero. The
majority of dentists (n=48,78.7%) did not consider themselves to be having any dental problems, while 42(68.9%) dentists
perceived their oral health as being very good.
Conclusion: Although most of the dentists reported as having good oral health, a large number of the participants did not
maintain their oral health adequately. Dentists follow ROSC (Recommended oral self-care) recommendations to improve
their oral health status.
Key words: Oral Health, Oral Health Professionals, Oral Health Practices.