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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 690-696

A cross sectional study of awareness of dental hygiene among the school adolescent children in Chennai


1 Reader, Dept. of Periodontics, Chettinadu Dental College, Chennai, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Periodontics, Chettinadu Dental College, Chennai, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Periodontics, Chettinadu Dental College, Chennai, India
4 Reader, Dept. of Community Medicine, Ramachandra Universit, Chennai, India

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V Gopinath
Reader, Dept. of Periodontics, Chettinadu Dental College, Chennai
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Background: Dental awareness has been inborn issue among the developed and developing countries and the prevalence varies considerably in different countries, geographic locations, and age groups. With the lifestyle of the Indian school children's people changing significantly over the decades, dental erosion has begun to receive more attention. However, the information about dental awareness among south Indian school children is scarce. The purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence of dental awareness and associated risk factors in 11-14-year-old school children in Kendra Vidyalaya Government School located in Adayar, Chennai. Methods: This cross-sectional survey was performed by trained, calibrated examiners. A simple random sample of 11-14 year-old children (210 girls and 192 boys) from Kendra Vidyalaya Schools was examined for dental awareness using the diagnostic criteria of Standard questionnaire was applied to record the distribution of knowledge, attitude and practice of dental hygiene. Data on the socio-economic status, health behaviors, and general health involved in the etiology of dental awareness were obtained from a self-completed questionnaire. The analyses were performed using SPSS software and Epi info 2000 (trend analysis). Results: In this study a sum of 210 girls (52.2) and 192 boys (47.8) were taken. The overall prevalence of dental caries was found to be 190 (47.3) in these individuals and these association was found to be significant.


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