Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003315
Title: Oral health attitudes, behavior, and knowledge among 10–15 year-old school children in Chennai
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: A good oral health is the state of mouth free of any disease affecting the oral cavity and its surrounding structures. Objective: The objective of the study was to assess oral health attitudes, behavior, and knowledge among 10–15-year-old school children in Chennai. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 176 10–15-year-old school children in Chennai. A cluster sampling methodology was used. Each school which was selected through simple random sampling was considered a cluster. New clusters were included until the desired sample size was achieved. A closed-ended, a pre-tested questionnaire was used to assess the oral health attitudes, behavior, and knowledge among the study subjects. Results: The study was done among school students in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The study comprised 176 school students (96 female and 80 male). About 92% of the study participants were aware that it is necessary to brush the teeth. 51% of the subjects said they know different techniques of brushing teeth. 90% of the subjects were not aware of what halitosis is. 47% of the subjects said that they visit the dentist once a year. Conclusion: Based on the findings of the present study, the knowledge, attitude, and behavior of the surveyed children with regard to oral health was found to be satisfactory. Hence, there is a need for regular oral health education of the children, as well as their parents and school teachers.

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    Sam Jebaraj 1 , Sri Sakthi 2 , R. Sarah Sathiyawathie3 *

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    1 Department of Orthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    3 Department of Research, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. R. Sarah Sathiyawathie, Department of Research, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, 162 Poonamallee High Road, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Sam Jebaraj 1 , Sri Sakthi 2 , R. Sarah Sathiyawathie3 *

    Title:Oral health attitudes, behavior, and knowledge among 10–15 year-old school children in Chennai
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (March)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (601-605)
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    Methodology:Oral health attitudes, behavior, and knowledge
    Research Materials:10–15 year-old school children

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Attitude Behavior Knowledge Oral hygiene

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