Knowledge, attitude and practice towards halitosis among clinical students of the University of Benin
Keywords:Halitosis, knowledge, attitude, practice
Background: Halitosis is a universal medico-social problem in all communities of the world. Objective: Aimed to find out the level of knowledge, attitude and practice of clinical students towards halitosis.
Materials and Method: This was a cross-sectional study conducted to assess the perception towards halitosis among clinical students in the University of Benin. The inclusion criteria included; any student who was eligible to give consent for the research and, those that consented to participate in the study. Data from the questionnaires was analyzed using the IBM statistical package for Scientific Solutions (SPSS) version 21.0.
Results: A total of 80 clinical students were assessed on the perception of halitosis. The age group between 21-25 years accounted for the highest proportion with 49 (61.3%) of the respondents. On knowledge of halitosis, 78 (97.5%) of the respondents reported to have heard about halitosis. Concerning the source of halitosis, 79 (98.8%) agreed that it is due to oral conditions. Concerning the most qualified health professional to treat halitosis, 79 (98.8%) agreed that is the dentist. About 75(93.8%) believe that halitosis can be treated and that if not treated, can lead to loss of confidence 76 (95%) and poor academic performance 39 (48.8%).
Conclusion: The knowledge and attitude of clinical students towards halitosis was good but their practice towards halitosis was not so encouraging and as such, there is need for more dental education towards routine oral health practices so that the clinical students can be an effective role model to the general populace.
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