Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 2 - 2020
The Practice of Oral Hygiene Instructions Given by Dentists in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Cross-Sectional Study
Haifa A Alabidi1*, Ahmed Alamoudi2 and Thakib Alshalan3
1General Dentist, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
2General Dentist, Saudi Arabia
3Pediatric Dentist, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Haifa A Alabidi, General Dentist, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia.
Received: January 10, 2020; Published: January 11, 2020




Abstract

Aim: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the practice of oral hygiene instructions (OHI) given by dentists to their patients.

Subjects and Methods: A total of 255 subjects were recruited from different governmental and private dental clinics in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Self-administered questionnaire was used to gather demographic information of participating subjects, subjects’ oral hygiene behavior, and questions evaluated if their dentists explained to them how to clean his/her mouth and maintain a good oral health.

Results: Approximately, subjects were recruited equally from government or private dental clinics (45.5% and 55.5% respectively). More than half of the respondents (53.3%) used the toothbrush and toothpaste to clean their teeth. 42.7% of participants clean their teeth two times per day. In response to the frequency of visiting the dentist, more than half of participating subjects (55.1%) reported that they visit the dentist only when they have pain in their teeth. More than half (58.1%) of the subjects’ reported that they receive an explanation from dentists on how to clean their teeth and maintain good oral health. Less than half of the subjects reported that dentists gave them OHI on every visit. Subjects received an explanation regarding brushing teeth, flossing teeth and using a mouthwash (89.1%, 67.4% and 64.1% respectively).

Conclusion: Results from this study showed that majority of dentists give their patients OHI. Dentists should consider enforcing the practice of OHI to their patients which may increase patients’ OH practice.

Keywords: Oral Hygiene; Dentists; Riyadh; Saudi Arabia

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Citation: Haifa A Alabidi., et al. “The Practice of Oral Hygiene Instructions Given by Dentists in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Cross-Sectional Study”. EC Dental Science 19.2 (2020): 01-07.

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