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RESEARCH ARTICLE

School-Teachers Knowledge about Prevention of Dental Caries and Malocclusion in India

KVV Prasad, M Shodan, SB Javali

Citation Information : Prasad K, Shodan M, Javali S. School-Teachers Knowledge about Prevention of Dental Caries and Malocclusion in India. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2014; 8 (1):6-11.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-8-1-6

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2014

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


Abstract

Objective

To Study knowledge and assess factors associated with knowledge towards dental-caries and malocclusion among Indian school-teachers.

Methodology

Cross-sectional design employed using self-administered questionnaire with personal-interview method. 215 schoolteachers were selected with response rate of 95.34%.

Results

36.59% school-teachers have medium knowledge, 26.83% have good knowledge. 30 years above and with additional educational degrees have higher knowledge. Significant association observed between knowledge with education (p<0.05). However, multivariate stepwise-regression analysis showed impact of factors like education, gender and teaching experience significantly correlated to knowledge (R2=0.2296, p<0.05).

Conclusion

Schoolteachers need to be motivated to improve their awareness and knowledge about oral-health diseases, particularly younger-age groups, those with basic educational qualifications.


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