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RMJ. 2021; 46(1): 106-110

Oral health care awareness among nursing students of Karachi, Pakistan

Raima Bashir, Kulsoom Fatima Rizvi, Kiran Fatima, Mushtaq Ahmed, Anum Sami.


Objective: To assess and correlate the knowledge, attitude and practice of nursing students towards Oral Health Care.
Methodology: This descriptive, cross-sectional study was carried out among nursing students of Karachi from March to April 2019. The study consisted of a closed-ended questionnaire which was divided into 3 sections about knowledge, attitude and practice about oral health care. Each participant was given 20 min to fill the questionnaire. The data were statistically analyzed using SPSS version 23.
Results: Oral health care knowledge among nursing students was very good. 94.5% identified tooth paste and brush as ideal tool for proper oral hygiene maintenance, 88% showed awareness about using fluoridated tooth paste, 62.3% of students brushed after meals, 66% used soft brushes, and 57.9% brushed using vertical technique. A positive attitude towards acquiring advance oral health knowledge was seen in 93% participants. A statistically strong association (p

Key words: Oral health, awareness, attitude.

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