Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 214--217

Evaluation of oral health awareness among public school children – A school-based study from Bhopal


Shubhangi Mhaske1, Monal B Yuwanati2, Hema Keswani1, Leena Jain1 
1 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Peoples Dental Academy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Peoples College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Monal B Yuwanati
C-Block, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
India

Background: Oral diseases such as tooth caries, gingivitis, and bad breath are still major dental health-care concern, especially in children in the developing countries. Oral disease prevalence is high in school-going children, and there is inadequate information regarding the awareness among them. To evaluate the level of oral awareness among school children, a study was carried out in middle school. Materials and Methods: The present questionnaire study included middle school children from different socioeconomic background of the socioeconomic group. The consent from the school as well as the parents/guardians of children was taken. The trained dental surgeon distributed questionnaire among the children. Completely answered questionnaire was collected. The observations were reviewed and analyzed. Results: The response rate for school children was 81.27%. It was observed the age group of 11–14 years was very well aware of oral hygiene care and maintenance 67% and 55%, respectively. Seventy percent were sure about dietary food items causing dental decay. Toothbrush and paste are the best teeth cleaning aids as per this study group analysis. Conclusion: The findings of the present study reveal different aspects specifically directed toward the current scenario of oral health awareness among middle school children. There is a need for comprehensive dental care plan for school children. School-based educational intervention should be established with a focus on oral self-care and oral health education.


How to cite this article:
Mhaske S, Yuwanati MB, Keswani H, Jain L. Evaluation of oral health awareness among public school children – A school-based study from Bhopal.Arch Med Health Sci 2018;6:214-217


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Mhaske S, Yuwanati MB, Keswani H, Jain L. Evaluation of oral health awareness among public school children – A school-based study from Bhopal. Arch Med Health Sci [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Jan 16 ];6:214-217
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