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International Journal of Oral Health Dentistry


‘‘Effectiveness of Oral health education on Oral hygiene of School children aged 13-15 years by Dentist and School teacher - A Randomized Control Trial’’


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Author Details: Chethan J, Priyanka BB, Sujith, Sarfaraz Hassan

Volume : 2

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2395-499X

Print ISSN : 2395-4914

Article First Page : 148

Article End Page : 153


Abstract

Purpose: To assess the effectiveness of oral health education by dentist and school teacher on school children oral hygiene status in Dharwad city.
Materials and Methods: Randomized controlled trial was conducted by selecting 6 schools and were divided into 2 government, 2 un-aided and 2 aided school. One government school was selected for dentist to provide oral health education and another government school for school teacher to provide oral health education. Similarly, with the un-aided and aided school. At the baseline Plaque index (Silness and Loe) and Gingival index (Loe and Silness) of school children was assessed. After 1 and half months reinforcement of oral health education was done followed by assessment of Plaque and Gingival index of school children after 3 months. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 21.0. Intergroup comparison was done using Chi square test, Kruskal wali test.
Result: Dentist educating school children showed statistical significant difference in plaque and gingival score in all the 3 school (P < 0.05). School teacher group showed Statistical significant difference in only unaided school (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: Dentist is effective in improving oral hygiene status of school children in all the 3 school. Whereas, school teacher are effective in only un-aided school.

Keywords:
Oral health education, Plaque index, Gingival index, Oral hygiene status, School children