Background: A teacher with adequate oral health knowledge, positive attitude toward dental health can always play an important role in health education of school children and be a role model for children, lay people and the community at large. Aim of the study: To assess the knowledge and attitude related to oral health among government primary school teachers. Materials and methods: The study was conducted in the Department of Community Dentistry of the dental institution. For the study, we selected 65 government primary school teachers from the district. A preformed structured questionnaire was used for assessing the knowledge of teachers. The questionnaire consisted of 15 questions related to oral health, oral hygiene practices, knowledge of etiology of oral diseases, reasons for visiting dentists. Results: Highest number of teachers believes that cause for tooth decay is bacteria alone. Maximum marked answer for prevention of tooth decay was regular brushing along with avoiding sugars. Maximum marked answer for causes of gum disease was consuming sweets. Maximum marked answer for prevention of gum disease was regular brushing. Conclusion: Within the limits of present study, we conclude that overall awareness on the causative factors for oral diseases, their prevention was poor among the teachers in the present study.
Keywords: Teacher, oral health, dental caries.
Corresponding author: Dr. Paramjeet Singh, Demonstrator, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Govt. Dental College, Jammu, India
This article may be cited as: Singh P. Assessment of Knowledge and Attitude related to Oral Health among Government Primary School Teachers. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2017;5(12):4-7.