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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 654-659

Knowledge, attitude and practices towards oral health among school teachers of Kanakapura Taluk, Bengaluru Rural District


1 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, NSVK Dental College, Bengaluru, India
2 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, India
3 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Maruti Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, India
4 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Al-Amin Dental College, Bijapur, India
5 Reader, India

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B S Chandrashekhar
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, NSVK Dental College, Bengaluru
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Background: School teachers play an important role in the all round development of children. Quiet often they play a major role as health educators in the school set up. To discharge this responsibility they must be aware of the facts related to health in general and oral health in particular. Objectives: To asses the Dental awareness, attitudes and oral health practices among school teachers of Kanakapura. Also to compare the level of knowledge between higher primary and high school teachers. Methodology: The list of all higher primary and high schools was obtained .and by random sampling about 250 school teachers were selected for the study. The study was a self administered questionnaire survey. The questionnaire had 30 questions pertaining to knowledge, attitude and oral health practices. ttest and Chi square tests are used for statistical analysis. Results: The study group consisted of 250 school teachers. Among them most of the teachers 161(64.9%) had average knowledge about oral hygiene. About 194(78.2%) had positive attitude about oral health and around 191(77%) teachers were practicing the correct oral hygiene methods. Conclusion: Teachers require being educated through effective media so that they acquire improved awareness on oral hygiene, positive attitude and healthy oral hygiene practices. This would in turn help them to create total awareness among school children's.


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