Are Education Faculty Students in Turkey Aware of Oral-Dental Health in Children?

(Pages: 28-31)

Didem Oner Ozdas1, Sevgi Zorlu1 and Pinar Kiymet Karataban2

1Istanbul Aydin University, Dentistry Faculty, Pediatric Dentistry Department, Istanbul, Turkey; 2Bahçeşehir University, Dentistry Faculty, Pediatric Dentistry Department, Istanbul, Turkey

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30576/2414-2050.2019.05.5

 

 

Abstract: Purpose: Promoting oral health care as a part of general health is an important goal for education. The aim of the present study was to evaluate among Education Faculty students their knowledge about oral health and dental trauma in children. Methods: 153 students of the Education Faculty of Istanbul Aydin University (Istanbul – Turkey) participated in this study between 2015 and 2016 as respondents in a survey. The questionnaire included demographic information and four questions evaluating participants’ knowledge about oral health and dental trauma issues in children. Results: The majority of participants were female, first-year students and living with their families (94.8%; 59.5%; 65.4% respectively). Although 81.6% of participants demonstrated correct knowledge about eruption time of first primary tooth, only 5.4% of them were aware that tooth brushing should start ideally when the first tooth appears in child’s mouth. Most popular answer to the question about the correct behavior after dental traumatic injuries was to use mouthwash (30%). No statistically significant differences were present in the number of correct answers among the different departments (p<0.05). Conclusion: Education Faculty students seem to have inadequate knowledge about oral health and dental trauma in children. It may be beneficial to add dental health seminars to Education Faculty students curriculum in Turkey, especially in pre-school and primary school education departments.

Keywords: Oral health, education, eruption, dental trauma, student.