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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-13

A study to assess the prevalence of dental myths and misconceptions among the rural population of Daman


1 Tutor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vaidik Dental College and Research Centre, Daman, Daman and Diu, India
2 Final Year BDS Student, Vaidik Dental College and Research Centre, Daman, Daman and Diu, India
3 Reader, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vaidik Dental College and Research Centre, Daman, Daman and Diu, India

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Dr. Nilima Vaghela
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vaidik Dental College and Research Centre, Daman, Daman and Diu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijpcdr.ijpcdr_7_22

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Introduction: It is important to know about the myths, especially in India, where general and oral health is embroiled in various myths. Objectives: The purpose of this study is to assess the prevalence of dental myths regarding oral health among the rural community of Daman. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a rural area of Daman. A total of 500 individuals were included; data were collected using a pretested and validated 16-term questionnaire, including demographic data and questions regarding dental myths. Data obtained were statistically analyzed using descriptive statistics. Chi-square test is the statistical analysis used. Results: Almost all the participants believed in one or more dental myths. Majority of the participants, i.e., 80%, believed that oral cancer is not commonly found in older age group. About 92% of the participants felt that there was no necessity to consult a dentist in the absence of pain. Around 59% believed that extraction of the teeth of upper jaw causes loss of vision. There was an equally contradicting notion about bleeding gums while brushing. Conclusion: Various dental myths still lurk in the minds of the population; to discourage unhealthy practices, we the health professionals have to provide intensive health education and promote the adoption of healthy practices. It would be prudent to familiarize professionals with these myths and beliefs as they act as barriers to seeking treatment.


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