Oral Health Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice among Nursing Students in the North-Eastern Part of Rajasthan, India

Om Prakash Yadav, Akbar Khan, Sabana Khan, Shubhi Gupta, Ravi Gupta, Rahul Gupta


Background: Professional and paramedical students have a key role in oral health promotion. The aim of this study was to assess oral health–related Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice (KAP) among the nursing students in Rajasthan.

Materials and Methods: A cross‑sectional, questionnaire‑based study was carried out among 409 nursing students from five different institutes who were selected by simple random sampling. A 27‑item questionnaire was used to assess KAP. The resulting data were analyzed using frequency distribution.

Results: Over 50% of the students used toothbrush and toothpaste twice a day to maintain their oral hygiene. Besides, 41% recognized the importance of dental visit in case of gingival bleeding and knew that poor oral hygiene is responsible for bad breath.

Conclusions: Oral health–related behavior among the nursing students needs improvement. More educational and preventive programs should be organized to achieve better results.


Behavior, knowledge, nursing students, oral health

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