A questionnaire survey about oral hygiene among school children studying at JSS public school, Chamarajanagar
Mahadevswamy KM, Sandyashree B, Usha NS and Vinaykumar G
One of the major public health problem is oral diseases. More than three-fourth of the world population would have experienced dental carries or bad breathe once in their life time [1, 2]. Children who have dental carries are hampered from performing normal activities such as eating, playing, and socializing. This may lead to lack of concentration, which might hinder their performing efficiency [3, 4]. It is better prevent than cure any diseases. Prevention can only be done by proper education. Before educating the children, it is important evaluate their knowledge about the same . This knowledge will lead to change in the attitude and behaviour of the children in their everyday activities .
Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge and create awareness among school children about oral hygiene.
Result: About 88% brush twice daily, Majority of participants about 45.33% use horizontal method of brushing, about 54.67% uses toothpaste which contains fluoride, about 54.67% Students uses mouth wash, about 81.33% students uses floss, about 61.33%students uses tongue cleaner, about 41.33% students brush after every meal, about 70.67% students do gargle after every meal, about 49.33% students change their brush once in a month, about 66.67% students think soft drinks affect dental health, only 32% have noticed bleeding in the gums while brushing, only 58.67% knew dental disease impact general body health, only 29.33% students experienced pain and discomfort in teeth and gums, Around 49.33% students agree regular dental visit is necessary, only 28% students go for dental check-up, about 76% students had fear for visiting dentist, about 54.67% students think bacterium is always present in mouth, about 78.6% students think bacterium is responsible for decaying, around 68% students think there are special gels and cements to prevent tooth decay.
Mahadevswamy KM, Sandyashree B, Usha NS, Vinaykumar G. A questionnaire survey about oral hygiene among school children studying at JSS public school, Chamarajanagar. Int J Midwifery Nurs Pract 2022;5(2):01-04.