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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 167-170

A study to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices towards oral health among Anganwadi Workers of Mysore City


1 Assistant Professor, Dept. Public Health Dentistry, Govt. Dental College and Research Institute, Bellary, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, JSS Dental College and Hospital, S.S Nagar, Mysore, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhubhaneshwar, India
4 Professor, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, A.B Shetty Dental College, Mangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
K Poornima
Assistant Professor, Dept. Public Health Dentistry, Govt. Dental College and Research Institute, Bellary
India
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Objectives: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practices towards oral health among Anganwadi workers. And perceived role of anganwadi workers in promoting oral health. Methodology: A total of 104 Anganwadi workers of the Mysore City, Urban were interviewed at their monthly meetings and the purpose of the study was explained. A specially designed, close ended questionnaire was used to assess their knowledge, attitude and practices towards oral health. For the purpose of analysis, an ordinal scale was developed by using Hamilton and Coulby (1991) formula. Results: Only 16.7% of Anganwadi workers had good knowledge, 51% had a favourable attitude towards oral health. A majority i.e. 94.1% of the workers were using tooth brush and paste. Only 18% of the workers were brushing twice daily and 60% of the workers had gone for dental consultation. Conclusion: Since, the subject of oral health is not included in the training curriculum, the Anganwadi workers lack knowledge about oral health. There is a real need to educate them on oral health in order to reach children at an early and receptive age.


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