DENTAL ANXIETY AND ORAL HEALTH AMONG STUDENTS IN IASI

Carina Balcos, Ramona Feier, Iulia Săveanu, Livia Bobu, Radu Sireteanu, Loredana Hurjui, Irina Grădinaru, Dana Budală, Raluca Jipu, Magda Bârlean, Adina Armencia

Abstract:

Dental anxiety and fear are widespread among the population and pose a significant problem in their management. Aim of the study: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dental anxiety and sanogenic habits on the oral health of dental students in Iasi. Material and methods: The study involved questionnaire-based survey and DMFT index evaluation on 100 dental students from years V and VI of the Faculty of Dentistry, U.M.F Iasi. Results: Most participants in this study showed symptoms of anxiety 76.8% (with the highest DAS score = 13-20).There were found higher DAS score of 13.1 for female dental students, compared to 11.9 for male dental students. Conclusions:Dental students showed lower levels of dental anxiety compared to other studies, in this group, women showed a higher degree of anxiety than men. In terms of highetst anxiety levels, this were found for local anesthesia and tooth preparation procedures. However we found that clinical education of dental practice could positively promote the reduction of dental anxiety.

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