Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00004526
Title: Knowledge, attitude, and practice of school teachers toward oral health
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: The aim of the study was to asses the knowledge, attitude, and practice of schoolteachers toward oral health. Objective: A survey was to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of schoolteachers toward oral health. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire-based survey was conducted among the schoolteachers of different primary schools in and around Chennai to assess the awareness of schoolteachers on importance of oral health among children. Results: The results were tabulated and percentage (100%) was calculated and conclusions were drawn. This survey presented a comprehensive overview of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of schoolteachers in and around Chennai. Around 36% of teachers concluded that irregular brushing causes decay, 14.7% contributed for gum diseases, 16% of teachers concluded that it will lead to bad breath, and 16.7% concluded that irregular brushing causes stains on teeth. Only 17.3% concluded that all the factors are caused due to irregular tooth brushing. About 23.3% of teachers concluded that dental problems are due to eating sweets and ice creams. About 58% of teachers agreed for improper brushing. Only 1.3% of teachers concluded that dental problems are due to not visiting the dentist regularly and rinsing mouth. Conclusion: The schoolteachers need to be motivated to increase awareness regarding the importance of oral health among primary school students and the importance of teachers role in teaching them. They also need to be taught that oral health does play an important role in general health. The respondents need to improve their knowledge of dental problems and the reasons for the same.

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    Author(s) Name:

    Hanshika Ravi 1 , Mebin George Mathew2 *

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    1 Department of  Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Pedodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Mebin George Mathew, Department of Pedodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    Hanshika Ravi 1 , Mebin George Mathew2 *

    Title:Knowledge, attitude, and practice of school teachers toward oral health
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (December [ Special Issue 2])
    Year:2019
    Page No: (76-78)
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    Methodology:Knowledge, attitude, and practice
    Research Materials:Oral health

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 Knowledge Oral health School teachers

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