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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 321-327

Effect of short oral health education intervention on oral hygiene of 8-10 years old school children, Maduravoyal, Chennai


1 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, India
2 Associate Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, India
4 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, India

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Navin Anand Ingle
Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai
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Introduction: The goal of health education is to improve knowledge, which may lead to the adoption of favourable oral health behaviours that contribute to better oral health. It is surprising that many oral health education programmes are not implemented as early as primary school children. Aim: To assess the effect of short term oral health education on oral hygiene status of 8-10yr old school children in Maduravoyal, Chennai. Material and methods: A community interventional trial was conducted. After the collection of the baseline data on oral hygiene status by Plaque Control Record (O' Leary T, Drake R, Naylor, 1972) (PCR %) a short computer based oral health education for 20 minutes was given to total of 120 students belonging to the third, fourth and fifth standard in this school. One month after the first visit, follow-up PCR% was taken. Results: A total of 117 students participated in this study in which 51(43.5%) were males and 66(56.5%) were females. Four weeks after the oral health education, children's PCR % changed from 90.59% to 82.76%, which was statistically very highly significant (p=.000). The difference in mean baseline PCR % for males and for females was statistically significant (p=.03). The difference in mean baseline and follow-up PCR% for males and for females was statistically significant (p=.03 and p=.04 respectively). Conclusion: Therefore it can be concluded that a single short education intervention is effective in bringing about oral health related behaviour change.


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