Indian Journal of Dental Research

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year
: 2008  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 236--242

Oral health-related KAP among 11- to 12-year-old school children in a government-aided missionary school of Bangalore city


AG Harikiran, SK Pallavi, Sapna Hariprakash, Ashutosh, KS Nagesh 
 Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, DAPMRV Dental College, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
A G Harikiran
Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, DAPMRV Dental College, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka
India

Background: To organize community-oriented oral health promotion programs systematic analysis of the oral health situation would be needed, including information on oral health knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP). Aim: The aim of this study was to assess knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) toward oral health among 11 to 12-year-old school children in a government-aided missionary school of Bangalore city. Materials and Methods: The study group comprised of 212 children (Male: 108; Female; 104) who were in the age group of 11-12 years studying in a government-aided missionary school of Bangalore city. Data on oral health KAP were collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire. Statistical significance was determined by Chi-square test. Results: This survey found that only 38.5% of the children brush their teeth two or more times a day. Pain and discomfort from teeth (35.1%) were common while dental visits were infrequent. Fear of the dentist was the main cause of irregular visit in 46.1% of study participants. High proportion of study participants reported having hidden sugar at least once a day: soft drinks (32.1%), milk with sugar (65.9%), and tea with sugar (56.1%). It was found that 5.4% and 3.9% of study participants smoke and chew tobacco, respectively. Conclusion: Results of this study suggest that oral health KAP of study participants are poor and needs to be improved. Systematic community-oriented oral health promotion programs are needed to improve oral health KAP of school children.


How to cite this article:
Harikiran A G, Pallavi S K, Hariprakash S, Ashutosh, Nagesh K S. Oral health-related KAP among 11- to 12-year-old school children in a government-aided missionary school of Bangalore city.Indian J Dent Res 2008;19:236-242


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Harikiran A G, Pallavi S K, Hariprakash S, Ashutosh, Nagesh K S. Oral health-related KAP among 11- to 12-year-old school children in a government-aided missionary school of Bangalore city. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2008 [cited 2021 Apr 18 ];19:236-242
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