Table 3

Rank-ordered list of how important each oral health topic was perceived to be for respondents’ predoctoral/undergraduate program

Not At AllA LittleSomewhatVeryTotalMissingMean (STD)
Oral anatomy
 Frequency2112173293.38 (.83)
 Percentage4.9%2.4%29.3%41.5%78.0%22.0%
Basic science in immunology and host response
 Frequency3671531103.10 (1.04)
 Percentage7.3%14.6%17.1%36.6%75.6%24.4%
Evidence of a relationship between periodontal disease and respiratory diseases
 Frequency469133292.97 (1.06)
 Percentage9.8%14.6%22.0%31.7%78.0%22.0%
Periodontal disease
 Frequency3910103292.84 (.99)
 Percentage7.3%22.0%24.4%24.4%78.0%22.0%
Dental caries
 Frequency3981030112.83 (1.02)
 Percentage7.3%22.0%19.5%24.4%73.2%26.8%
Effect of inappropriate dietary practices on the oral cavity
 Frequency510893292.66 (1.07)
 Percentage12.2%24.4%19.5%22.0%78.0%22.0%
Indications for prophylactic antibiotics prior to dental procedures to minimize endocarditis
 Frequency751373292.62 (1.07)
 Percentage17.1%12.2%31.7%17.1%78.0%22.0%
Evidence of a relationship between periodontal disease and atherosclerosis
 Frequency3131153292.56 (.88)
 Percentage7.3%31.7%26.8%12.2%78.0%22.0%
Evidence of a relationship between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes
 Frequency8611631102.48 (1.09)
 Percentage19.5%14.6%26.8%14.6%75.6%24.4%
Oral manifestation of Crohn’s disease
 Frequency5111243292.47 (.92)
 Percentage12.2%26.8%29.3%9.8%78.0%22.0%
Oral manifestations of hematologic conditions
 Frequency5129531102.45 (.96)
 Percentage12.2%29.3%22.0%12.2%75.6%24.4%
Soft tissue lesions of the oral cavity
 Frequency711773292.44 (1.08)
 Percentage17.1%26.8%17.1%17.1%78.0%22.0%
Oral manifestations of hyperparathyroidism
 Frequency5121143292.44 (.91)
 Percentage12.2%29.3%26.8%9.8%78.0%22.0%
Effect of tobacco on the oral cavity
 Frequency612953292.41 (.98)
 Percentage14.6%29.3%22.0%12.2%78.0%22.0%
Modification in care for special needs patients with immune system dysfunction
 Frequency4151033292.41 (.88)
 Percentage9.8%36.6%24.4%7.3%78.0%22.0%
Effect of genetic influence on the oral cavity
 Frequency5173631102.32 (.98)
 Percentage12.2%41.5%7.3%14.6%75.6%24.4%
Modification in care for special needs patients with hormonal imbalances
 Frequency415943292.31 (.78)
 Percentage9.8%36.6%22.0%9.8%78.0%22.0%
Effect of diabetes on the oral cavity
 Frequency811853292.31 (1.03)
 Percentage19.5%26.8%19.5%12.2%78.0%22.0%
Evidence of a relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes
 Frequency8109431102.29 (1.01)
 Percentage19.5%24.4%22.0%9.8%75.6%24.4%
Modification in care for patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer
 Frequency5151023292.28 (.87)
 Percentage12.2%36.6%24.4%4.9%78.0%22.0%
Modification in care for special needs patients with chronic kidney disease
 Frequency4161023292.28 (.81)
 Percentage9.8%39.0%24.4%4.9%78.0%22.0%
Oral physiology
 Frequency812843292.25 (.98)
 Percentage19.5%29.3%19.5%9.8%78.0%22.0%
Modification in care for special needs patients with salivary gland dysfunction
 Frequency6158231102.19 (.88)
 Percentage14.6%36.6%19.5%4.9%75.6%24.4%
Craniofacial development
 Frequency716633292.16 (.88)
 Percentage17.1%39.0%14.6%7.3%78.0%22.0%
Modification in care for special needs patients with neurologic dysfunction
 Frequency813923292.16 (.88)
 Percentage19.5%31.7%22.0%4.9%78.0%22.0%
Oral manifestation of diabetes
 Frequency81210131102.13 (.85)
 Percentage19.5%29.3%24.4%2.4%75.6%24.4%
Inherited or congenital disfigurements/impairments
 Frequency814823292.12 (.87)
 Percentage19.5%34.1%19.5%4.9%78.0%22.0%
Oral manifestation of female sex hormones
 Frequency9101303292.12 (.83)
 Percentage22.0%24.4%31.7%078.1%22.0%
Modification in care for special needs patients with sensory impairment
 Frequency5166128132.11 (.74)
 Percentage12.2%39.0%14.6.0%2.4.0%68.3%31.7%
Oral manifestations of HIV
 Frequency91111031102.06 (.81)
 Percentage22.0%26.8%26.8%075.6%24.4%
Oral-facial pain management
 Frequency915623292.03 (.86)
 Percentage22.0%36.6%14.6%4.9%78.0%22.0%
Pharmaceuticals and other therapies that may compromise oral health
 Frequency3910103292.03 (.78)
 Percentage7.3%22.0%24.4%24.4%78.0%22.0%
Effect of excessive alcohol on the oral cavity
 Frequency139733292.00 (1.01)
 Percentage31.7%22.0%17.1%7.3%78.0%22.0%
Traumatic lesions of the oral cavity
 Frequency444122942.00 (.85)
 Percentage9.8%9.8%9.8%29.3%70.7%9.8%
Oral manifestations of Paget’s disease
 Frequency1013813292.00 (.84)
 Percentage24.4%31.7%19.5%2.4%78.0%22.0%
Oral manifestations of nutritional deficiencies
 Frequency1112813291.97 (.86)
 Percentage26.8%29.3%19.5%2.4%78.0%22.0%
Oral pathology
 Frequency1112813291.97 (.86)
 Percentage26.8%29.3%19.5%2.4%78.0%22.0%
Oral microbiology/oral biofilm
 Frequency1114613291.91 (.82)
 Percentage26.8%34.1%14.6%2.4%78.0%22.0%
Biochemistry
 Frequency1213613291.88 (.83)
 Percentage29.3%31.7%14.6%2.4%78.0%22.0%
Inflammatory cascade of events that occur in systemic exposure to infection of oral origin
 Frequency1313423291.84 (.88)
 Percentage31.7%31.7%9.8%4.9%78.0%22.0%
The potential of bisphosphonate therapy to induce osteonecrosis of the jaws
 Frequency14107031101.77 (.81)
 Percentage34.1%24.4%17.1%075.6%24.4%
  • Note: Percentages in four levels of importance may not equal “Total” percentages because of rounding.