Journal: JPR:BioMedRx:An International Journal

Article Id: JPRS-BT-0000366
Title: Oral health knowledge and behaviour among Life science Post graduates of Tirupati A Cross-sectional Study
Category: Biotechnology
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    Objective: Personal health practices have an important role in promotion of oral health of an individual. Dental diseases are irreversible, damage cannot be reverted. The knowledge among the people is of pivotal importance as these diseases cannot be identified at initial stages. Raising public awareness about dental check up may assist in early diagnosis. This study aims at finding out oral health knowledge and oral health behavior among Tirupati students. Methods: A structured Questionnaire was distributed to Post graduate students of Tirupati (N=190) during the academic year 2011-12. The respondents have filled in the forms in their class itself and ample time was given to respond. The questionnaire consisted information on general background, oral practices and oral health knowledge. Results: Oral health knowledge seemed to be very limited. More than half of the students didn’t visit a dentist for almost 2 years now. Only few knew the importance of fluorides in caries prevention. Very less proportion practiced dental flossing and used mouth washes. Only 10% of study group knew that a father could transmit S.mutans to the child. 68.42% knew that extraction is the not only possible treatment. Only 10.53% of the study group could attain a score of 5 but none could score the maximum points. Conclusion: It can be concluded that students had limited knowledge on oral hygiene and ideal oral hygiene practices. Their brushing practices are still far behind the international recommendation of twice a day. The establishment and strengthening of oral hygiene education, including the importance of tooth brushing for prevention of periodontal disease, has been proposed.

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    Sudheer Aluru1, Parameswari. K2, Kishore Kumar. A3, Papa Rao. A1, Bhaskar.M 4, Kishori. B2, Ravindra Reddy. N3, B. Vanitha5

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    1. Division of Human Genetics, Department of Anthropology, SVU, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.
    2. Department of Biotechnology, SPMVV, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.
    3. Department of Periodontics and Implantology, CKS Theja Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.
    4. Division of Animal Biotechnology, Department of Zoology, SVU, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.
    5. Al Badar College of Dental Sciences, Gulbarga City, Karnataka,India.

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    Sudheer Aluru
    Division of Human Genetics,
    Department of Anthropology, SVU,
    Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.


    Received on:11-02-2013; Revised on:24-03-2013; Accepted on:17-04-2013

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    Author:

    Sudheer Aluru1, Parameswari. K2, Kishore Kumar. A3, Papa Rao. A1, Bhaskar.M 4, Kishori. B2, Ravindra Reddy. N3, B. Vanitha5

    Title:Oral health knowledge and behaviour among Life science Post graduates of Tirupati A Cross-sectional Study
    Journal:JPR:BioMedRx:An International Journal
    Vol(issue):1(6)
    Year:2013
    Page No: (590-593)
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    Methodology:general background, oral practices and oral health knowledge
    Research Materials:oral health

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oral health periodontitis oral behaviour oral health knowledge Tirupati

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