KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS OF ORAL ULCERS AMONG DENTAL STUDENTS
Keywords:Dental students, Oral ulcer, Stress, Triggering factors.
A mouth ulcer is an ulcer that occurs on the mucous membrane of the oral cavity. Mouth ulcers range in size, and the exact symptoms of the mouth ulcer will depend on what type of ulcer a person has. Still, there are some common causes and several factors that may aggravate mouth ulcers, including the following like quitting smoking, citrus fruits and other foods high in acidity (or) spice, cheek biting , braces or poor-fitting dentures, a deficient filling, hormonal changes (or) genetic factors. The aim of the study is to create awareness on oral ulcers among dental students. This was a survey based study and was conducted in an
online forum “Google forms”. This survey was taken by around 100 dental students, both undergraduates and postgraduates. The questionnaire was framed to evaluate the ideas and knowledge of dental students about oral ulcers. The information collected through the survey was analysed using SPSS and presented as descriptive statistics.A total of 100 dental students participated in this survey, out of which 31% of the participants are final years and when the
question regarding any recent ulcers for the past 6 months or more was asked it was noted that, majority of the participants (57%) of them have got mouth ulcers recently, from which it is seen how common mouth ulcers are. Within the limitations of our study it is clear that the students have knowledge about oral ulcers but awareness about the treatment and prevention for the same is not well known among the dental students.