Prevalance Of Myths And Misconception Regarding Oral Health

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Ms. Shaifali Gupta , Dr. Rakesh Rai


Throughout the years, dental practice has conferred numerous legends taught in the psyches of patients which go starting with one age then onto the next. In the present advancing scenario of proof based dentistry these episodic perceptions don’t withstand present day examination.
The aim of the study is to find out the various myths and superstitions related to the dental practice in the city of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.
A cross sectional study was conducted among various patients attending the OPD of various private dental practitioners and the government dental college in Aligarh. All the patients who attended the private dental clinics were in the age group of 17 to 65, were mentally sound and were willing to participate in the questionnaire based survey. The study was carried out for the period of two weeks wherein 60 samples were collected. A self-administered, pre tested questionnaire was hand delivered to the patients which was duly filled by them and collected on the same day. Total of 16 questions, divided into four parts were asked which were related to dental myths and superstitions apart from their demographic profile which included name, age, sex, religion, and qualification.
The maximum numbers of respondents were strong believers of the myths and superstitions in spite of them being well educated.
The study concluded that generally the people are strong believers of myths and superstitions which leads to poor oral health and hygiene and oral diseases. This may be due to ignorance, lack of knowledge and awareness regarding the oral health and its importance.

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