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Knowledge, attitude and practice of interdental cleaning among medical and dental students at the University of Nairobi.

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SUMMARY

Dental diseases have a high prevalence, despite being preventable .It has been shown that conventional tooth brushing alone is ineffective in the control of interproximal plaque and needs to be supplemented with interdental cleaning.

 

Study area: The University of Nairobi is the oldest and largest pubic university in Kenya. It has seven colleges located in different parts of Nairobi which is the capital city of Kenya. The study was done in the hostels and lecture theatres at the College of Health Sciences.

 

Study design: A Descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out in the month of August 2003.

 

Objective: The objective was to determine and the knowledge, attitude and practice of interdental cleaning among Medical and Dental students at the University of Nairobi.

 

Methodology: Study population of about one thousand undergraduate students in the Faculties of Medicine and Dental Sciences. Convenience sampling based on presence in the hostels or lecture theatres was used. A self-administered questionnaire was used: students went with and returned the questionnaires at their own convenience.

 

Results: The students have good knowledge and a positive attitude towards interdental cleaning but a few of them practice interdental cleaning.

 

Conclusion: Dental students are more knowledgeable, have a more positive attitude towards interdental cleaning and a higher proportion of Dental students than Medical students practice ideal interdental cleaning.

 

Recommendations: There is need to introduce oral health education with emphasis on interdental cleaning as a preventive measure in the learning curriculum of the Medical students.

 

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