Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 255--258

Awareness among dental practitioners about oil pulling – Its effect on the Corona Virus and immunocompromised patients: A questionnaire-based survey


Upasana Jayaram Reddy1, Mithra N Hegde1, Mallikarjuna Rao2, Aditya Shetty1, Jayarama Shetty2, Nidhi Saha3 
1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, Kshema Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Private Practitioner, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Upasana Jayaram Reddy
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, A. B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Deralakatte, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
India

Background: The ongoing pandemic has posed limitations to dental practice. In the current scenario of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many patients present with symptoms like burning of the eyes, nose, throat, xerostomia, and mouth ulcers. For this, the Ministry of AYUSH is promoting oil pulling as a preventive measure. Aim: The aim of this study was to increase the awareness and confidence of dental practitioners in prescribing a simple technique for ameliorating common symptoms of COVID-19 infection – by oil pulling, in routine clinical practice. Methods: This study entailed designing a standardized web-based questionnaire for conducting a survey among dental practitioners from all specializations. Here, 100 participants answered 14 questions related to the role of oil pulling in treating oral symptoms common among COVID-19 patients and immunocompromised radiation patients. Statistical analysis was carried out after receiving all responses. Frequencies and percentages were calculated. Results: The results of the present survey indicated that 8.6% of total participants had good awareness (>16 Qs); 56.3% of total participants showed moderate awareness (10–16 Qs); while 35.2% had poor awareness (<10 Qs). Conclusion: Oil pulling can be deemed as an effective method of treating oral symptoms of COVID-19. Dentists should acquire adequate knowledge regarding the role and importance of this simple preventive measure.


How to cite this article:
Reddy UJ, Hegde MN, Rao M, Shetty A, Shetty J, Saha N. Awareness among dental practitioners about oil pulling – Its effect on the Corona Virus and immunocompromised patients: A questionnaire-based survey.J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent 2021;19:255-258


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Reddy UJ, Hegde MN, Rao M, Shetty A, Shetty J, Saha N. Awareness among dental practitioners about oil pulling – Its effect on the Corona Virus and immunocompromised patients: A questionnaire-based survey. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jan 23 ];19:255-258
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