Ali Ahmad, Iqra Tahir, Mehak Rashid, Usama Sattar, Asma Shahbaz, Ayesha Bashir
Introduction: Oral hygiene is a practice conducive to maintaining oral health and preventing disease process through regular brushing, flossing and other means at hand. It is a part and parcel of oral health. It is a major component of systemic health and touches every aspect of our lives. Oral and systemic health are reciprocally related to each other. Despite its importance oral health is often taken for-grated. It should rather be taken seriously as oral health greatly influences overall health and well-being of an individual. Objective: The objective of the study isto determine the knowledge, attitude and practice of medical students of QAMC BWP Pakistan towards their oral hygiene. Materials and Methods Study setting: The study was carried out in medical students of Quaid -e-Azam medical college Bahawalpur. Study Design: Cross-sectional observational descriptive study. Duration: 2nd March 2019 to 2nd May 2019. Sampling population: Medical student from 1st year to 5th year of QAMC BWP during study period were included. Sample size: sample was 200 students. Sampling technique:stratification. Inclusion criteria: Both genders. Exclusion Criteria: unwilling students. Ethical issues: informed consent was taken from all participants (verbal). Data collection: Data was collected through preformed presented questionnaire that comprises of two parts. First part includes demographic variables as name, age, and second part consists of study variables knowledge and practice of oral hygiene. Data analysis: data obtained from questionnaire was analyzed manually. Frequencies were calculated, also tables and figures were made. Results: In our study a sample of 200 students of QAMC was taken .The survey revealed that 99.5% cleaned their teeth out of which 97% used brush and paste, 60.5% of them brushed once a day. Time used by 55% of students for brushing is 1-2 min. 68% used combined method of brushing. 79% used soft bristle toothbrush. The survey revealed that 44% of students clean their tongue regularly and 62.5% also cleaned their gums .Mouth wash is the most commonly used secondary method to prevent plaque. About 82.5% know that oral and systemic health are related to each other. Only 34% of students had ever visited a dentist. 40% of students experienced bad breath. When asked about habits 64% used tea and 3% used beetle nuts in routine. Conclusion: All the students had adequate level of knowledge about oral hygiene. Key words: Oral hygiene, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Medical Students.