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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 60-64

Knowledge, attitude and practice of oral health among chicken-kari workers of Lucknow


1 Professor and Head, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, B.B.D. Dental College and Research Centre, Lucknow, India
2 P.G. Student, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, B.B.D. Dental College and Research Centre, Lucknow, India

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Professor and Head, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, B.B.D. Dental College and Research Centre, Lucknow
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Aim: The present study has been done to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of oral health among chicken-kari workers of Lucknow city. Material and Method: The sample size of 1500 workers was conveniently selected by simple random sampling method. The city of Lucknow was geographically divided into five zones. The data collection was done with a close-ended pre-tested questionnaire which comprised of 25 questions. Result: Majority of the chicken-kari workers had fair knowledge about number of permanent teeth (70.1%), types of teeth (72.4%) but they had poor knowledge about causes of dental caries (21.3%) and fluoride tooth paste use (35.8%). The chicken-kari workers had poor attitude about daily brushing (30.7%) and rinsing mouth after meal (30.4%). Only 31.6% of the chicken-kari workers had the opinion that dentist should be consulted for regular check up of their teeth. ONly 36.1% of the chicken-kari workers went to dentist in case of problem in teeth. It was alarming to note that 71.5% of the workers had adverse habit of chewing tobacco/pan masala. Conclusion: On assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of oral health among chicken-kari workers of Lucknow city, it was seen that education should be provided to chicken-kari workers in overcoming their few short comings with special practices such as use of fluoridated toothpaste, maintenance of oral hygiene by a dentist and regarding the ill effects of chewing tobacco/pan masala. Health authorities should develop community oriented, oral health care programs for further improvement of oral self care practices, regular dental visiting habits among the chicken-kari workers and thus pave a secure way in establishing oral health.


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