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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 15  |  Page : 5-8

Oral Health Awareness Among the Anganwadi Workers in Karimnagar Town

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Anganwadi workers form a bridge between the community and the health care delivery system. They are an effective means of spreading the health related messages and delivering the primary care to mothers and children. The aim of the present study was to assess the oral health awareness among the anganwadi workers of Karimnagar town, Andhra Pradesh. 104 anganwadi workers have participated in the study and were assessed using a pretested, structured, closed ended questionnaire. The results revealed that almost everyone(100%) generally clean their teeth with toothbrush, out of which 63.5% of them brush twice daily i.e in the morning and evening and 34% brush once only in the morning and remaining 4% clean after very meal. 33.7% expressed reasons for dental caries to be improper brushing, while 17.3% felt it to be because of eating sweets, while the majority 44.2% expressed as both and a very few i.e 4.8% answered that they did not know the reason for dental caries.38.5% of them felt that dental problems can be prevented by visiting a dentist regularly, while 31.7% felt that dental diseases can be prevented by regularly cleaning the teeth,22.1% expressed as both of the above reasons may help one to prevent dental problems and 7.7% of them answered that they did not have any idea about prevention of dental diseases.

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