Oral Health Awareness and Attitude among 12-13 Year Old School Children in Udaipur, India
Background: Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the Oral health awareness (Knowledge) and Attitude among 12-13 year old school children in Udaipur City, India. Material and methods: In a cross-sectional study, a total of 514 children of 12-13 years old (306 (59.5%) Boys and 208 (40.5%) Girls) were surveyed using a self-administered, structured questionnaire written in English and pretested through a pilot survey to assess the oral health awareness and attitude. Descriptive statistics using frequency distribution, mean percentage scores and standard deviation were calculated. The Student’s t-test was used to assess the differences in mean scores by age and gender and chi-squared test was used as a test of significance for the proportions. Results: The mean percentage knowledge and Attitude scores were 46.826±14.361 and 81.08±23.063 respectively for all the children. There was no statistically significant difference for the mean percentage knowledge and attitude scores by age and gender. Conclusion: These results indicate a positive attitude but a low level of oral health awareness among 12-13 year old school children in Udaipur, India. The present study showed the need for the oral health education of the school children aiming at improving oral health knowledge and continuous implementation of school oral health promotion programs.
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