Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003183
Title: Socio-behavioral factors and oral hygiene practices among school children - A descriptive study
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Background: The incidence of dental caries is about 73% among the school children in India and this can be attributed to socio-behavior factors such as dietary habits, improper brushing techniques, socioeconomic status, and oral hygiene practices. Proper oral hygiene maintenance and dietary habits can improve the oral health. However, the awareness about the oral hygiene practices should be improved. Aim and Objective: The aim of the study was to assess the socio-behavioral factors and oral hygiene practices among school children. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted among a private school. 100 children were included in the study. It was a questionnaire-based study containing 12 closed questions regarding socio-behavioral factors and oral hygiene practices. The data were tabulated and analyzed with descriptive statistics. Result: Based on the Kuppuswamy grading scale 76% of them belong to middle-class family. 93% of them used toothbrush for cleaning their teeth, 50% of the children brush twice daily, the frequency of changing the toothbrush once in 3 months was found in 59% of the children. 67% of the children had the habit of visiting the dentist only during a toothache, and 20% of them on parents advise. Conclusion: Majority of children were using a toothbrush for brushing, but many of them were not brushing at night times. Many of them were still having the habit of visiting dentist only during toothache. Hence, oral hygiene instructions should be given to them.

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    P. Benly1 , Meignana Arumugham2 , Sheeja S. Vargheese3 *

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    1 Department of Periodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    3 Department of Periodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Sheeja S. Vargheese, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    P. Benly1 , Meignana Arumugham2 , Sheeja S. Vargheese3 *

    Title:Socio-behavioral factors and oral hygiene practices among school children - A descriptive study
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (February)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (293-297)
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    Methodology:Brushing technique, Dental caries, Oral health, Socio-behavioral factors
    Research Materials:School children

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Brushing technique Dental caries Oral health School children Socio-behavioral factors

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