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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 579-584

Knowledge, Attitude, Practice of Gingival Health and Periodontal Treatment needs among Orthodontic Patients in Tiruchengode

Dept of Orthodontia, KSR Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, KSR Kalvinagar, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu. 637215, India

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Aim: Gingival health maintenance during orthodontic treatment is important since healthy periodontal tissues are essential for better treatment outcome. Awareness on gingival health is important during orthodontic phase. Evaluating the knowledge, attitude, and practice on gingival health in orthodontic patients in Tiruchengode was the aim of the present study. Materials & methods: 175 orthodontic patients both males and females from Orthodontia department in simple random sampling method, KSR Institute of Dental Science, Tiruchengode were included in the questionnaire study. All participants were divided based on age groups into 3 groups as below 15 yrs, 15-18 yrs, above 18 yrs. Questions based on the knowledge, attitude and practice on oral hygiene i.e gingival health during the orthodontic treatment. CPITN recorded for all patients. All answers and index scores were recorded and analysed statistically. Results: The results of the study showed that nearly 90% of patients were unaware about gingival health, 2/3 of them practices prolong brushing, and 2/3 of them practiced scrub method of brushing. Despite given with instructions, most of them are reluctant in practicing them strictly. Conclusion: The knowledge, attitude, and practice on gingival health among orthodontic patients were poor as per the study, which explored the need of intense programmes to educate and motivate the patients in the gingival health maintenance.

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