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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 105-109

Oral hygiene practices of non-dental nurses in a tertiary hospital in North-West Nigeria

1 Department of Nursing, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria
2 Department of Paediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria
3 Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University Kano, Kano, Nigeria

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Ibrahim Aliyu
Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University Kano, Kano
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/srmjrds.srmjrds_27_17

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Introduction: Poor oral hygiene results in dental caries and this has been associated with cardiovascular morbidities. Therefore achieving a good oral hygiene will significantly improve the quality of health. Materials and Methods: This was a crosssectional study; it was carried out between October and December 2016. Non-dental nurses in the hospital were consecutively recruited, and a pretested selfadministered questionnaire was administered. Results: There were 36 (37.1%) males, 61 (62.9%) females with male to female ratio of 1:1.7. Sixtysix percent of the respondents used toothbrush and paste for oral cleansing. However, majority of them changed their brush on 2–3 monthly basis; similarly, 56 (57.7%) of the respondents brushed at least twice in a day. Fortysix (47.4%) of the respondents used mouth wash while 51 (52.6%) did not; and among the nonusers, the majority (47.1%) believed mouth wash was ineffective. Thirtyeight (39.2%) of the respondents did brush for <4 min while 59 (60.8%) brushed for at least 4 min. Nine (14.3%) respondents used dental filament. Fifty (51.5%) of the respondents used mouthwash while 47 (48.5%) did not use mouthwash; however, among 46 respondents who did not use mouth wash, 24 (52.2%) believe that mouth wash are ineffective, 12 (26.1%) did not like mouthwash, 7 (15.2%) were unaware of mouth wash, 2 (4.3%) reported cost as a deterrent; whereas 1 (2.2%) said mouth wash was not available in their vicinity. Conclusion: Commendable oral hygiene practices were observed among the respondents; however, there is knowledge gap which requires improvement such as the use of dental floss.

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