Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 2 - 2020
Fluoride Awareness among Health Students at Taif University
Bassuoni MW1, Al-Thomali Hani2*, Al- Salmi Abdul-Aziz3, Bailoor Durgesh4, Al Shamrani Ammar2, AL Sofyani Nawaf2, Mohammed Noor R5 and Mohammed Fahmi6
1Staff, Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Taif, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2Dentists, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Taif, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3Staff, Oral Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Taif, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
4Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Taif, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
5Staff, Pedodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Taif, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
6Staff, Operative and Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Taif, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Al-Thomali Hani, Dentists, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Taif, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Received: December 09, 2019; Published: January 08, 2020




Abstract

Aim: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the awareness of Fluoride substance among health students at Taif University. This in turn would assist the dental community members to raise awareness among the population in Taif city.

Objective: The main objective was to know their knowledge about the fluoride substance and awareness of its role in prevention of dental caries.

Methodology: Structured questionnaire was distributed among students of five health colleges at Taif university. The questionnaire consisted of 16 questions in English language. This study involved 103 students. The students were requested to fill the questionnaire regarding knowledge and awareness about fluoride. the questionnaire was collected and the data was assessed and analyzed using (SPSS, v.21).

Result: The result of this study, presented in tables and figures shows the distribution frequency of responses to each question. Result of this study showed 31.66% (38.53% of males and 24.79% of females) of the students were aware, and had good knowledge about fluoride substance, while 68.34% (61.47% of males and 75.21% of females) of the total students were not aware and they have lacked knowledge about the fluoride substance. The result of awareness among each specialty showed that all specialties lacked knowledge and were not aware about fluoride, especially the preparatory year 78.33% and applied sciences 77.55%. While the dental students were the ones who have good knowledge about fluoride.

Conclusion: The outcome of this study shows that high percentage of health care students were not aware and had definitive lack of knowledge about fluoride and its role in caries prevention. This directs us to arrange with College Administration to conduct preventive dental courses for health students in Taif University.

Keywords: Fluoride; Fluoride Level; Fluoride Awareness; Dental Caries; Caries Prevention

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Citation: Al-Thomali Hani., et al. “Fluoride Awareness among Health Students at Taif University”. EC Dental Science 19.2 (2020): 01-12.

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