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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 17  |  Page : 78-82

Dietary Habits, Oral Hygiene Practices and Prevalence of Dental Caries among 10 - 12 years old School Children of South Bangalore

1 Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Rajarajeswari Dental College and Hospital, Kumbalgodu, Mysore Road, Bangalore - 560074, India
2 Dept of Public Health Dentistry, Rajarajeswari Dento.l College and Hospito.l, Kumbalgodu, Mysore Road, Bangalore - 560074, India

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Aim: Assess the prevalence of dental caries among 10-12 year old school children of Bangalore south and the relationship with dietary habits and dental caries. Materials and Methods: A total of 414 school children (Males - 207 & Females - 207) from randomly selected two government and two private schools of Bangalore South, were included for the study. All the children in the age group of 10-12 years present on the day of study were examined. Data on their personal information, oral hygiene habits & dietary habits was collected using closed-ended questionnaire. This was followed by assessment of Dental caries experience using DMFT & dmft indices using WHO criteria. Results: 66.2% of the school children were brushing twice daily and only 5.1% of them had dental caries which was more significant (p < 0.001). Around 96% of the participants were using tooth brush. A less percentage of school children were consuming soft drinks and tea or coffee with sugar and their dental caries experience was also less. Near to 54% of the participants were consuming fresh fruits and only around 14% of them had dental caries Conclusion: Children should be encouraged to brush twice daily and consumption of fresh fruits. Community based oral health promotion programmes could be initiated through health promoting school projects.

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