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Utility of knowledge, attitude, and practice survey, and prevalence of dental caries among 11- to 13-year-old children in an urban community in India.
Glob Health Action. 2013 Apr 30; 6:20750.GH

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The school oral health education program is believed to be a cost-effective method for promoting oral health. The KAP (knowledge-attitude-practice) model of oral health education is often the foundation of most health education programs.

OBJECTIVES

To assess the existing knowledge, attitude, and oral health care practices among 11- to 13-year-old children and the association of knowledge with attitude, oral health care practices, and dental caries prevalence.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional design, involving 858 children studying in class seven at various schools in the city of Mangalore, India. The children were selected using stratified random sampling method. Prevalence of dental caries was determined using decayed, missing, and filled permanent teeth (DMFT) index. A self-administered questionnaire on self-care practices in oral health, knowledge, and attitude toward oral health care was filled by children. The association of different variables with knowledge was analyzed using binary logistic regression analysis.

RESULTS

The dental caries prevalence was 59.4%, and 54.5% had low knowledge. They lacked knowledge regarding use of fluoridated toothpaste and did not use them. Children with low knowledge had significantly higher odds of having DMFT ≥ 1, not using fluoridated toothpaste, and being afraid of going to the dentist due to possible pain. There was no association of other oral health care practices and attitudes with knowledge.

CONCLUSION

Oral health care practices and attitudes are not fully explained by knowledge, and other models of health education need to be considered.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Mangalore, India. sprbhbhat@yahoo.co.inNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23639177

Citation

Suprabha, Baranya Shrikrishna, et al. "Utility of Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Survey, and Prevalence of Dental Caries Among 11- to 13-year-old Children in an Urban Community in India." Global Health Action, vol. 6, 2013, p. 20750.
Suprabha BS, Rao A, Shenoy R, et al. Utility of knowledge, attitude, and practice survey, and prevalence of dental caries among 11- to 13-year-old children in an urban community in India. Glob Health Action. 2013;6:20750.
Suprabha, B. S., Rao, A., Shenoy, R., & Khanal, S. (2013). Utility of knowledge, attitude, and practice survey, and prevalence of dental caries among 11- to 13-year-old children in an urban community in India. Global Health Action, 6, 20750. https://doi.org/10.3402/gha.v6i0.20750
Suprabha BS, et al. Utility of Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Survey, and Prevalence of Dental Caries Among 11- to 13-year-old Children in an Urban Community in India. Glob Health Action. 2013 Apr 30;6:20750. PubMed PMID: 23639177.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Utility of knowledge, attitude, and practice survey, and prevalence of dental caries among 11- to 13-year-old children in an urban community in India. AU - Suprabha,Baranya Shrikrishna, AU - Rao,Arathi, AU - Shenoy,Ramya, AU - Khanal,Sanskriti, Y1 - 2013/04/30/ PY - 2013/03/01/received PY - 2013/04/03/revised PY - 2013/04/05/accepted PY - 2013/5/4/entrez PY - 2013/5/4/pubmed PY - 2013/7/17/medline KW - dental caries KW - dental knowledge KW - health practice SP - 20750 EP - 20750 JF - Global health action JO - Glob Health Action VL - 6 N2 - BACKGROUND: The school oral health education program is believed to be a cost-effective method for promoting oral health. The KAP (knowledge-attitude-practice) model of oral health education is often the foundation of most health education programs. OBJECTIVES: To assess the existing knowledge, attitude, and oral health care practices among 11- to 13-year-old children and the association of knowledge with attitude, oral health care practices, and dental caries prevalence. DESIGN: Cross-sectional design, involving 858 children studying in class seven at various schools in the city of Mangalore, India. The children were selected using stratified random sampling method. Prevalence of dental caries was determined using decayed, missing, and filled permanent teeth (DMFT) index. A self-administered questionnaire on self-care practices in oral health, knowledge, and attitude toward oral health care was filled by children. The association of different variables with knowledge was analyzed using binary logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: The dental caries prevalence was 59.4%, and 54.5% had low knowledge. They lacked knowledge regarding use of fluoridated toothpaste and did not use them. Children with low knowledge had significantly higher odds of having DMFT ≥ 1, not using fluoridated toothpaste, and being afraid of going to the dentist due to possible pain. There was no association of other oral health care practices and attitudes with knowledge. CONCLUSION: Oral health care practices and attitudes are not fully explained by knowledge, and other models of health education need to be considered. SN - 1654-9880 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23639177/Utility_of_knowledge_attitude_and_practice_survey_and_prevalence_of_dental_caries_among_11__to_13_year_old_children_in_an_urban_community_in_India_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3402/gha.v6i0.20750 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -