Periodontal awareness in medical students of Andhra Pradesh, India - A Survey

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Charishma Chowdary Ponugubati, Raja V Murthy K, Trinath Kishore D, Ravichandra Ravi, Sandhya Pavan Kumar

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Objective: To assess the awareness of periodontal disease, its treatment modalities and its possible  association with systemic diseases/conditions, in medical students. Materials and Methods: A customized questionnaire was designed for circulating among medical students (Interns & post-graduates) of colleges in Andhra Pradesh and the data collected was analyzed. Results: 493 medical students responded to the survey. Of these, a significant number understood that there could be a probable link between periodontal disease and systemic illness/conditions, role of smoking in periodontal disease as well as the treatment modalities of this disease. Conclusion: The medical students surveyed demonstrated a moderate knowledge of periodontal disease, and its role in the etiology and progression of systemic diseases. Key Messages: To Evaluate the awareness of significance of periodontal health and disease in medical students. Results demonstrate a moderate knowledge of periodontal disease in medical students.

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 Survey, Periodontal medicine, Questionnaire.
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