In this study we aimed to determine oral hygiene behavior and oral health status of the students at the nursing school in Turkey, with a female student population representative of five different demographical regions of Turkey. Three hundred and twenty five female students (aged 18-22 years) of Gulhane Military Medical Academy, School of Nursing were included in the study. Intraoral examination was performed and students were interviewed regarding general medical history and oral hygiene practices Only a minority of students were smokers (4.6%). Plaque control efficacy was very good in 82.8% and good in 17.2% of the students. The presence of dental caries and its outcomes were relatively common problems presenting with high decayed missing filled tooth scores of students. Dentin hypersensitivity was present in 32.9%. Periodontitis was diagnosed in 13 students (4%). Mild gingivitis was fairly common (35.1%), while moderate (6.5%) or severe (0.6%) gingivitis was seen in a small percentage of students. Oral hygiene behavior was fairly decent in this group of nursing students. Nevertheless, dental caries, mild gingivitis and dentin hypersensitivity were common problems affecting the student population. Oral healthcare programs and routine dentist visits should be encouraged to counteract these findings
Petersen PE, Bourgeois D, Ogawa H, Estupinan- Day S, Ndiaye C. The global burden of oral disea- ses and risks to oral health. Bull World Health Or- gan. 2005; 83: 661-669.
Petersen PE. World Health Organization global po- licy for improvement of oral health--World Health Assembly 2007. Int Dent J. 2008; 58: 115-121.
Uysal S, Akalin FA, Yamalik N, Etikan I. Unmet need for education by professionals and inconsis- tency in knowledge and behavior of dental patients. N Y State Dent J. 2010; 76: 16-21.
Silness J, Löe H. Periodontal disease in pregnancy II. Correlation between oral hygiene and periodon- tal condition. Acta Odontologica. 1964; 22: 121- 135.
Löe H, Silness J. Periodontal disease in pregnancy I. Prevalence and severity. Acta Odontologica. 1963; 21: 533-551.
Swapna LA, Reddy RS, Ramesh T, Reddy RL, Vi- jayalaxmi N, Karmakar P, Pradeep K. Oral health status in haemodialysis patients. J Clin Diagn Res. 2013; 7: 2047-2050.
Gokalp SG, Dogan BG, Tekcicek MT, Berberoglu A, Unluer S. National survey of oral health status of children and adults in Turkey. Community Dent Health. 2010; 27: 12-17.
Clemmens D, Rodriguez K, Leef B. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of baccalaureate nursing students regarding oral health assessment. J Nurs Educ. 2012; 51: 532-535.
Fulmer T, Cabrera P. The primary care visit: what else could be happening? Nurs Res Pract. 2012;2012:720506.
Peker I, Alkurt MT. Oral Health Attitudes and Beha- vior among a Group of Turkish Dental Students. Eur J Dent. 2009; 3: 24-31.
Yildiz S, Dogan B. Self reported dental health attitu- des and behaviour of dental students in Turkey. Eur J Dent. 2011; 5: 253-259.
Kirtiloglu T, Yavuz US. An assessment of oral self- care in the student population of a Turkish univer- sity. Public Health. 2006; 120: 953-957.
Powell LV. Caries prediction: a review of the lite- rature. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1998; 26: 361-371.
Namal N, Can G, Vehid S, Koksal S, Kaypmaz A. Dental health status and risk factors for dental ca- ries in adults in Istanbul, Turkey. East Mediterr He- alth J. 2008; 14: 110-118.
Ceylan S, Acikel CH, Okcu KM, Kilic S, Tekbas OF, Ortakoglu K. Evaluation of the dental health of the young adult male population in Turkey. Mil Med. 2004; 169: 885-889.
Senna A, Campus G, Gagliani M, Strohmenger L. Socio-economic influence on caries experience and CPITN values among a group of Italian call-up soldiers and cadets. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2005; 3: 39-46.
Cortes FJ, Nevot C, Ramon JM, Cuenca E. The evolution of dental health in dental students at the University of Barcelona. J Dent Educ. 2002; 66: 1203-1208.
Levin L, Shenkman A. The relationship between dental caries status and oral health attitudes and behavior in young Israeli adults. J Dent Educ. 2004; 68: 1185-1191.
Farago I, Nagy G, Marton S, Tury F, Szabo E, Hopc- raft M, et al. Dental caries experience in a Hungari- an police student population. Caries Res. 2012; 46: 95-101.
Petersen PE, Ogawa H. The global burden of pe- riodontal disease: towards integration with chronic disease prevention and control. Periodontol 2000. 2012; 60: 15-39.
Lopez R, Baelum V. Classifying periodontitis among adolescents: implications for epidemiological rese- arch. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2003; 31: 136-143.
Eres G, Saribay A, Akkaya M. Periodontal treat- ment needs and prevalence of localized aggressive periodontitis in a young Turkish population. J Perio- dontol. 2009; 80: 940-944.