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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 255-261

Knowledge, Attitude and Practices towards oral health and dental treatment among the Home Science College Students in Bangalore-A Questionnaire Study

1 Sri Rajiv Gandhi College of Dental Sciences, Bangalore, India
2 V.S Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, India
3 Oxford Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, India

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Practicing good oral health habits is a fundamental necessity to maintain oral health. Proper oral health habits are developed through the traditional K-A-B(knowledge-attitude-behaviour) model of education. Since auxiliary health personnel specialize in preventive information and health promotion, it is important that their own oral health knowledge is good and their oral health behavior conforms to professional recommendations. For the study, the home science college students are taken up as even they deal with health related sciences and health promotion. They are also associated with maternal and child care. Objectives: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practices related to dental health among the home science students. To design appropriate dental health education programs specifically aimed at home science students Methodology: A questionnaire was distributed to the PUC, degree and MSc students (n 500) in the home science college, Bangalore during the academic year 2004-2005. The questionnaire consisted of questions that could assess their oral health behavior, knowledge and practices. The data was processed by SPSS and analysed using chi square test and analysis of variance (ANOVA) Results: 60% of the students brushed twice daily which matched with the international recommendations. 38% knew the role of fluorides in the prevention of dental caries. Knowledge about ideal interval to visit a dentist was significant among these students. The knowledge regarding dental treatment during pregnancy was poor among all the students. Conclusion: The results of the present study highlighted the limited knowledge regarding periodontal health and dental caries among the PUC and Degree students. It may be concluded that the Home Science college students seemed to have appropriate knowledge on some oral health topics, but limited knowledge on the others.

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