Home About us Editorial board Ahead of print Current issue Search Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 20  |  Page : 29-33

Knowledge, attitude and practices of rural people about fluorides and fluorosis


1 Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, PMNM Dental College and Hospital. Bagalkot, India
2 Professor and Head, Department o f Public Health Dentistry, Bapuji dental college and Hospital, Davanagere, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Mamatha Dental College and Hospital, Kammam, Andhra Pradesh, India
4 Post graduate student, Department O f Oral Pathology PMNM Dental College And Hospital. Bagalkot, India
5 Senior lecturer, Department o f Public Health Dentistry, BapujiDental College and Hospital, Davanagere, India

Correspondence Address:
Parappa Sajjan
Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, PMNM Dental College and Hospital. Bagalkot
India
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

Introduction : Fluoride has played a pivotal role in oral health promotion over the past 50 years. The benefits of low levels of exposure are outweighed by adverse effects at high level. The problem of high fluoride concentration in groundwater resources has become one of the most important toxicological and geo-environmental issues in India. A comprehensive understanding of its sources, optimum concentration and adverse effect greatly potentiate the use of fluoride with Aim : Assessing the knowledge, attitude and practices of rural people about fluorides and fluorosis. Materials and methods : Atotal of300 subjects aged 18-30 years were selected by multistage cluster sampling technique. A self administered questionnaire containing 15 close ended questions based on knowledge, attitude and practices regarding fluoride and fluorosis was used for the purpose of collecting data. Results : Majority of people (76%) were aware of the presence of fluoride in drinking water. About (71 %) were of the opinion that fluoride in drinking water has an effect on oral health. Most of them (78%) were not aware of the permissible concentration of fluoride in water and of the presence of fluoride in the tooth paste. A lesser proportion of subjects knew about the role of fluoride role in the prevention of caries. About 68% of the people were of the opinion that the yellow discoloration of the tooth surface causes embarrassment while smiling or speaking. Conclusion : Overall results suggest that knowledge is deficient with respect to optimum concentration of fluoride, its role in prevention of caries and the presence of fluoride in food and tooth paste. Attitude and practices are also unfavourable as far as oral health is considered. There is an urgent need to sensitize the community people regarding precise role of fluoride in oral health.


[PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed807    
    Printed9    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded123    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal