Oral Hygiene Habits and Awareness among Young Population

Saygılı S., Şar Sancaklı H.

FDI Congress, Bangkok, Thailand, 23 - 26 September 2015, pp.90

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Bangkok
  • Country: Thailand
  • Page Numbers: pp.90
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Aim and purpose: Optimum oral health depends on the individual

oral hygiene practices. The aim of the present study was to evalu-

ate oral care habits, attitudes and awareness of oral hygiene

among young population.

Materials and method: A sample of 2,740 university students (ages

between 19 and 22) from 5 different geopolitical zones of Turkey

were enrolled. 14-items structured questionnaire was conducted to

evaluate oral hygiene practices and dental care service utilization.

The data were analyzed using “SPSS 19.0 for Windows” software


Results: 2740 written questionnaires were analysed. 64.9% of the

students reported brushing at least twice-a-day while 28% once-

a-day. 38% stated to use mouthwash (72% randomly, 15% once

a day), 26.5% flossing after brushing while 4.7% additionally

using interdental brush. Dietary regulation was also assessed and

showed that 45% were having regular 3 time-meals while 8.6%

having snack meals in between the regular meals. 31.8% stated to

chew sugar-free gums after meals. 19.3% reported having dentist

visit regularly once-a-year while 13.5% having visited only in case

of emergency. 51.6% were instructed professional oral hygiene

motivation whereas 18.2% having professional cleaning once-a-

year. 22.4% of students are smoking and 51.6% are complaint of

halitosis beside 51.2% having gingival bleeding. Frequencies did

not differ significantly among the regions evaluated (p > 0.05).

Summary and conclusions: Questionnaire results showed that a

positive state of oral hygiene habits and behaviour improvement

was observed among the university students. Intellectual/educa-

tional level seemed to have a positive impact on the awareness of

oral health care among the young population.