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The Outcomes of an Interventional Oral Health Program on Dental Students’ Oral Hygiene

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Faculty of Stomatology, Pancevo, University Business Academy in Novi Sad, 26000 Novi Sad, Serbia
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Department of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Kragujevac, 34000 Kragujevac, Serbia
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Academic Editors: Joseph Nissan, Gavriel Chaushu and Paolo Capparè
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(24), 13242; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182413242
Received: 31 October 2021 / Revised: 10 December 2021 / Accepted: 10 December 2021 / Published: 15 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Topic State-of-the-Art Dentistry and Oral Health)
Dental students are an interesting population because they are expected to have a higher level of knowledge of and to exhibit better oral hygiene habits, and thus have a greater impact on the environment, families, and society as a whole. The aim of this research was to determine the state of oral hygiene in dental students before and after the interventional health education program. The research sample consisted of 119 students of dentistry in their first and fourth years of study. The first research stage was conducted before health education intervention (for the evaluation of selected oral health parameters, the Decayed, Missing and Filled index, Greene–Vermillion index, Silness–Löe plaque index, Silness–Löe gingival index, and the Community Periodontal Index of Treatment Needs index were used). The second stage was conducted as a clinical measurement of oral health changes. The conducted health education intervention, to an extent, led to changes in the state of oral hygiene among the students, and thus healthier habits. There was a statistically significant difference in the examined population between the beginning of the study and after the health education intervention program. Although a significant improvement in oral hygiene and oral health was noticed after the health education intervention program, the state of oral hygiene was still not at a satisfactory level among the dental students, contrary to our expectations. View Full-Text
Keywords: oral health; oral hygiene; dental students; health education program; intervention program oral health; oral hygiene; dental students; health education program; intervention program
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Kalevski, K.; Vojinovic, J.; Gajic, M.; Aleksic, E.; Tambur, Z.; Milutinovic, J.; Borotic, N.; Mladenovic, R. The Outcomes of an Interventional Oral Health Program on Dental Students’ Oral Hygiene. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 13242. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182413242

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Kalevski K, Vojinovic J, Gajic M, Aleksic E, Tambur Z, Milutinovic J, Borotic N, Mladenovic R. The Outcomes of an Interventional Oral Health Program on Dental Students’ Oral Hygiene. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(24):13242. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182413242

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Kalevski, Katarina, Jovan Vojinovic, Milica Gajic, Ema Aleksic, Zoran Tambur, Jovana Milutinovic, Nenad Borotic, and Rasa Mladenovic. 2021. "The Outcomes of an Interventional Oral Health Program on Dental Students’ Oral Hygiene" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 24: 13242. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182413242

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