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Assessment of Knowledge and Awareness Regarding Oro-systemic Link among General Population: A Cross-sectional Survey

Aditi Sangwan, Pankaj Sangwan, Manpreet Kaur, Ankita Ramani

Keywords : Awareness, Oral health, Oro-systemic link, Survey, Systemic Health

Citation Information :

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-2425

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-11-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Aim: Various surveys aimed at gathering the knowledge and awareness of health practitioners as well as students, both medical and dental, regarding the link between oral health and systemic diseases have been published. However, relatively few studies have attempted to examine the awareness of such knowledge among the general population. Therefore, the current study aimed to explore the public perception regarding the oro-systemic link. Materials and methods: The present study was designed as a cross-sectional survey to be carried out in the Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, PGIDS, Rohtak. All survey participants were provided with a written questionnaire which was required to be completed by each participant independently. The study questionnaire was designed to collect demographic data followed by specific questions targeting the awareness and knowledge of the participants regarding the relationship between oral and systemic health. Results: A total of 240 completed questionnaires were available for analysis. Only about a quarter of the total participants (27.5 %) believed that oral health status has any effect on the rest of the body. A positive response (YES) of 25% was observed for effect of diabetes and physician prescribed medicines on systemic health. Regarding the effect of pregnancy, smoking, stress, and obesity on systemic health, less than 20% positive response was recorded. Conclusion: The findings indicate a very poor awareness regarding the impact of systemic conditions on oral status and vice versa, among the studied population. Clinical significance: Pedodontists should lay emphasis on imparting knowledge about oro-systemic connections to their patients as well accompanying guardians. This would go a long way in spreading much needed awareness among the general population as well as ensuring that children adopt healthy lifestyle habits right from childhood.

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