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Stomatologija. 2013;15(4):135-40.

Toothache among dental patients attending a Nigerian secondary healthcare setting.

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Department of Periodontics, Prof. Ejide Dental Complex, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, P. M. B 1111 Ugbowo, Benin-City, Edo State, Nigeria 300001. clementazodo@yahoo.com.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Pain intensity and oral health practices among patients with toothache, a major dental public health problem is necessary information for the formulation of preventive and interventional oral health policies.

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the pain intensity and oral health practices among dental patients attending a Nigerian secondary healthcare setting with toothache.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This study was a prospective study of adult patients attending the dental clinic of Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital, Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria. Interviewer-administered questionnaire which elicited information include demography, pain intensity using visual analogue, tooth brushing behaviour and previous dental treatment was the tool of data collection.

RESULTS:

The majority of the respondents were males and young adults. More than half (60.5%) of the respondents reported pain of moderate to severe intensity and 42.6% have engaged in self medication for the toothache. More than one-third (34.2%) had experienced the pain for ≥ four weeks and the major factor that prompted the decision to visit dentist were unbearable nature of the pain and sleep disturbances. Almost half (46.2%) of the respondents had previously visited the dentist and the common received treatment was tooth extraction. A total of 57.9% of the respondents indulge in twice-daily tooth cleaning.

CONCLUSION:

Data from this study revealed that respondents with toothache had history of dental visit and visited dental clinic when the pain is unbearable and disturbed sleep. There is a need for proper patient education at any encounter with dentist.

PMID:
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