Periodontal Health Knowledge among Patients with Fixed Orthodontic Appliance: A Hospital Based Cross-Sectional Study

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

2 oral medicine, Diagnosis and periodontology department faculty of dentistry Cairo University Egypt


Aim: The study was aimed to assess the periodontal health knowledge among patients with fixed orthodontic appliance.
Subjects and Methods: A total of 314 eligible patients recruited from the orthodontic department and the paid section faculty of dentistry, Cairo University according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria. A full questionnaire was filled for each patient. This questionnaire included 4 sections which included a series of questions related to demographic characteristics of the individuals, questions about periodontal health knowledge of the individuals, questions related to subject’s awareness toward periodontal health, and questions related to subject’s attitude toward orthodontic treatment. Clinical examination was done for evaluation of periodontal health status which included Bleeding on probing (BOP), Plaque index (PI), Clinical attachment level (CAL), probing depth (PD), and number of teeth with gingival recession.
Results: The overall outcomes indicated that participants with very good knowledge were the largest portion with 151 participants (48.1%). Most participants had moderate awareness (153 participants, 48.7%) and positive attitude (247 participants, 78.7%) and only 67 participants (21.3%) showed negative attitude.
Conclusions: Egyptian orthodontic patients had well knowledge of periodontal health, and they were moderately to highly aware of it.


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