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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2016, Volume : 6, Issue : 3
First page : ( 351) Last page : ( 355)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2016.00066.5

Oral Health Status and Self reported Oral Hygienic Practices among School Children

Sunny Anitha Rose1, Varghese Anumol1, Valsan Anusha1, Benazeera2,*, Dr. Shetty Asha P3

14th year B. Sc. Nursing, Yenepoya Nursing College, Yenepoya University, Deralakatte, Mangalore

2Lecture, Department of Pediatric Nursing, Yenepoya Nursing College, Yenepoya University, Deralakatte, Mangalore

3Professor and HOD of, Pediatric Nursing, Yenepoya Nursing College, Yenepoya University, Deralakatte, Mangalore

*Corresponding Author Email: benzi407@gmail.com

Online published on 18 October, 2016.

Abstract

Background of the study

Many health problems of the mouth, such as oral thrush, trench mouth, bad breath and others are considered as effect of poor dental hygiene. Most of these dental and mouth problems may be avoided just by maintaining good oral hygiene.

Objectives of the study

To assess the oral health status and self-reported oral hygienic practices among school children to find the correlation and association between oral health status and self-reported oral hygienic practices

Material and methods

The research design adopted for the study was descriptive co-relation research design.

The study was conducted in selected schools at Mangaluru. The samples comprised of 100 school children studying in 5th to 7th standard who were selected using convenient sampling technique. Demographic proforma, oral health assessment tools and self reported oral hygienic checklist were used to collect the data. Descriptive and inferential statistics were adopted to analyze the data.

Result

The study revealed that majority [45%] of the samples had unhealthy oral health status, [41%] had observed changes in the oral cavity and [14%] of the samples belongs to healthy category. The self reported oral hygienic practices among samples were [47%] of the sample having poor oral hygienic practice, [42%] of the samples having satisfactory oral hygienic practice and [11%] of the samples had good oral hygienic practices.

Conclusion

From the present study, it was found that majority of the school children were suffering from dental problems such as dental caries, gum diseases and dental pain. Hence these students were referred to Yenepoya Dental College Hospital for the further management.

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Keywords

Oral health status, oral hygienic practices, dental problem, oral problems, school children.

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