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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 5-8

Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) towards Oral Health among Professionals Attending to the Mentally Disabled Children in Davangere, Karnataka, India.

Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere - 577004, Karnataka, India

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BACKGROUND: These mentally disabled children are a special group and the maintenance of their oral hygiene is dependent on the oral health awareness of their teachers and caretakers. OBJECTIVE: To assess the oral health related knowledge, attitude and practices of teachers and the caretakers of the mentally disabled children of two schools in Davangere. METHODS: A structured questionnaire was used to interview a total of 93 teachers and 30 caretakers. RESULTS: The teachers and the caretakers were generally well informed and had moderate attitudes and behaviors towards oral health, but important deficiencies especially related to use of fluoride and utilization of dental services was seen. Only 41.9% of teachers and 10% of caretakers knew the benefits of fluoride. 48.7% of teachers and 30% of the caretakers had taken the children to visit the dentist. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest the need for directing more efforts to upgrade the oral health awareness of this positively oriented population.

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