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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Knowledge, Attitude and Aesthetic Perceptions about Dental Fluorosis among 12-15 Years Old Government School Children in Farukh Nagar, Haryana

R Yadav, A Yadav, SS Oberoi

Citation Information : Yadav R, Yadav A, Oberoi S. Knowledge, Attitude and Aesthetic Perceptions about Dental Fluorosis among 12-15 Years Old Government School Children in Farukh Nagar, Haryana. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2014; 8 (1):1-5.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-8-1-1

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aims and objectives

The present study was conducted to assess the opinions amongst schoolchildren about the appearance of dental fluorosis, to correlate the children's perceptions of dental fluorosis and to assess the impact of dental fluorosis on psychological health of the school children.

Materials and methods

A questionnaire was used for assessment of the Knowledge, Attitude and Aesthetic perceptions about Dental Fluorosis among 474, 12-15 years old school children studying in four government high schools of Farukh Nagar block, Gurgaon, Haryana. The study sample included 308 students with dental fluorosis out of all the school children examined. Dental Fluorosis was assessed by using tooth surface index of fluorosis with 8 point scale ranging from 0 to 7.

Results

Amongst 308 subjects, maximum subjects had TSIF score of 4, 96.8% (298) subjects were not aware of the term fluorosis, 276 (89.5%) subjects were worried, and 253 (82.2%) subjects were not able to smile freely because of the appearance of their teeth.

Conclusion

The study showed that dental fluorosis had severe impact on the 12 to 15 years old school children especially on the subjects with TSIF score of 4 because of the staining.


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