Knowledge and Awareness of Microbial Flora in Patients with Potentially Malignant Disorders among Dental Students: A Survey
Oral cancer is a serious and growing problem in many parts of the globe. Oral and pharyngeal cancer, grouped together, is the sixth most common cancer in the world (World Health Organization, 2006). Oral cancer is sometimes preceded by clinically visible lesions which are noncancerous to begin with and which have therefore been termed precancerous. Certain microbial species have been found to be cancer associated. For instance, Prevotella melaninogenica, Capnocytophaga gingivalis and Streptococcus mitis appear to be significantly elevated in tumour tissues compared to normal counterparts from the same patient. The aim of the study is to assess the awareness and knowledge about the microbial flora in oral potentially malignant disorder patients among dental students. The survey was conducted on an online platform called Google Forms. The survey was answered by 100 participants belonging to Saveetha Dental College, Chennai. I BDS was the least knowledgeable about the oral microbial flora in oral potentially malignant disorders when compared to II BDS, III BDS, IV BDS and interns. Moreover, this association between the different study years and their knowledge in PMDs were significant (p<0.05, chi-square test). Within the limits of study the awareness about oral microflora in oral potentially malignant disorders among dental students is less. I BDS and II BDS students have less awareness when compared to the other groups. III BDS, IV BDS and Interns are aware of the shift in Oral microbial flora in patients affected by PMDs.