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Dietary habits and caries experience among medical students in the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences

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SUMMARY

Background.

Dental Caries is a major concern due to its high prevalence and contribution to tooth loss in both children and adults. The frequency of meals and snacks and the way foods are combined within meals and snacks greatly influence the risk for developing dental caries. There is inadequate information on dietary habits and caries experience among the populations from developing countries and Kenya in particular.

Objective.

To determine dietary habits and dental caries experience among University of Nairobi medical students.

Study Design.

This will be a descriptive cross-sectional study using student based study groups.

Setting.

The study will be conducted at the University Of Nairobi College Of Health Sciences in the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing.

Study Population.

The sample population consists of all Level 2-4 undergraduate students at the CHS, University of

Nairobi.

Sample size.

Two hundred and eighty (280) willing students will be examined during the study process.

Sample Method.

If stratified random sampling method will he used in the selection of study subjects from the study population.

Data Collection.

A clinical examination will be conducted to examine for the presence of dental caries and teeth

filled or extracted due to caries and the findings recorded in a WHO clinical examination form. This will then he followed by a self-administered £:]t.l~tionnaire to collect data on other variables.

I Perceived iknelils.

 

The results or this study will be used to determine if dietary habits playa significant role in the

The results of this study will be used to determine if dietary habits playa significant role in the etiology of dental caries, so that preventive measures can be implemented 31110ngthe students and the community.

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