KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS OF ORAL CANDIDIASIS AMONG DENTAL STUDENTSROGHITH KANNAN AND ARCHANA SANTHANAM
The aim of the study is to assess the knowledge and awareness amongst the dental students on oral candidiasis. This online based survey was conducted among 100 students of a Private Dental Institution. The questionnaire consisted of 10 questions which were based on knowledge, awareness and practices regarding oral candidiasis among the dental students in Private Dental Institution. Results were analyzed and tabulated. Most of the students were aware of oral candidiasis. The knowledge on oral candidiasis caused by fungus (83%) is adequate. There was adequate knowledge on risk factors (72%), chair side diagnostic aid (92%) and treatment (51%) of oral candidiasis. Due to limited knowledge on oral candidiasis, the dental curriculum should include opportunities for structure interaction between students and patients with candidiasis both in classrooms and in clinical setting through objective structure clinical exam.
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