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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 812-816

Association of dental neglect scale and severity of dental caries among nursing students: A cross-sectional study

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
2 Department of Periodontology, Sree Mookambika Institute of Dental Sciences, Kulashekaram, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, PMS College of Dental Science and Research, Vattappara, Kerala, India
4 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Noorul Islam College of Dental Sciences, Neyyattinkara, Kerala, India
5 Department of Public Health Dentistry, PMS College of Dental Science and Research, Vattappara, Kerala, India
6 Department of Public Health Dentistry, AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
S Athira
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College, Medical College. P.O, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 011, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.JPBS_766_20

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Aims: The aim of this study is to assess the utilization of available dental services and home dental care practices in a sample of nursing students and to seek out the correlation if any, between the Dental Neglect Scale (DNS) scores and severity of dental caries. Subjects and Methods: The study was conducted among 630 nursing students aged 18–21 years from the area of South Bangalore. The study was cross-sectional in design and a convenience sampling method was adopted to get the desired sample size. A prestructured questionnaire was administered to the students in their classrooms. Following this, a brief oral examination was conducted using mouth mirror and light for the detection of any visible carious lesions. Results: The dental attendance variable was found to be significantly associated with the DNS scores (P < 0.001). The DNS scores were significantly higher (P < 0.001) among those who had visible caries than those who do not. A very good correlation was obtained between scores of DNS and the caries severity (P < 0.001, r = 0.773). Conclusions: The DNS can be a very good predictor of the dental attendance pattern as well as clinically assessed severity of carious lesions.

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