World Journal of Dentistry

Register      Login

VOLUME 12 , ISSUE 4 ( July-August, 2021 ) > List of Articles


Effect of School-based Oral Health Awareness Lecture on Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice toward Oral Health among Primary School Teachers of Barara, Ambala, Haryana

Mansi Jain, Chaya Chhabra, Hirekanavangala Parvathappa Suma Sogi, Prinka Shahi, Saru Dhir, Swati Rana

Keywords : Oral health knowledge, Oral health attitude, Oral health practices, Primary school teachers

Citation Information : Jain M, Chhabra C, Sogi HP, Shahi P, Dhir S, Rana S. Effect of School-based Oral Health Awareness Lecture on Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice toward Oral Health among Primary School Teachers of Barara, Ambala, Haryana. World J Dent 2021; 12 (4):322-327.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-1842

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 15-07-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Aim and objective: To assess the knowledge and its correlation with their attitude and practices regarding oral hygiene and to evaluate the effect of oral health education on their knowledge, attitude, and oral hygiene practices. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted on 80 primary school teachers in Barara, District Ambala, Haryana. A self-administered, pretested close-ended questionnaire comprising 20 questions regarding oral health knowledge, attitude, and practice was assessed before and after the dental awareness lecture. Results: The knowledge of primary school teachers was found to be inappropriate but a statistically highly significant increase in this knowledge with p value <0.001** after the lecture was observed. With an increase in knowledge, the attitude toward dental health changed with a p value 0.022* thus changing their regular dental practices which were when assessed after 15 days, the scores were highly significant with p value <0.001**. Conclusion: Oral health knowledge was lacking among the primary school teachers though there was a considerable increase in knowledge and change in attitude and practices after the awareness lecture. Clinical significance: A significant increase in knowledge and change in attitude and oral hygiene practices was observed after the conveyance of the lecture. Thus, arranging for such awareness lectures could be beneficial for controlling oral diseases.

  1. Mehta A, Kaur G. Oral health related knowledge, attitude and practices among 12 years old school children studying in rural areas of Panchkula, India. Indian J Dent Res 2012;23(1):2. DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.99028.
  2. Aggnur M, Garg S, Veeresha KL, et al. Oral health status, treatment needs and knowledge, attitude and practice of health care workers of Ambala, India - A cross sectional study. Ann Med Health Sci Res 2014;4:5.
  3. Haque SE, Rahman M, Itsuko K, et al. Effect of a school-based oral health education in preventing untreated dental caries and increasing knowledge, attitude, and practices among adolescents in Bangladesh. BMC Oral Health 2016;16(1):44. DOI: 10.1186/s12903-016-0202-3.
  4. Onwudi HI, Taiwo AO, Stellamaris OC. Oral health knowledge, attitude, and practices among secondary school teachers and students in Ekiti State. Niger J Exp Clin Biosci 2017;5(1):16–24. DOI: 10.4103/njecp.njecp_34_15.
  5. Peterson PE. World Health Organization global policy for improvement of oral health. Int Dent J 2008;58(3):115–121. DOI: 10.1111/j.1875-595X.2008.tb00185.x.
  6. Krishnan L, Prabha G, Madankumar PD. Knowledge, attitude, and practice about oral health among mothers of children with special needs – A cross-sectional study. J Dent Res Rev 2019;6(2):39–43. DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_21_19.
  7. Amith HV, Madonna D'Cruz A, Shirahatti RV. Knowledge, attitude and practice regarding oral health among the rural government primary school teachers of Mangalore, India. J Dent Hygie 2013;87:6.
  8. Sekhar V, Sivsankar P, Easwaran MA, et al. Knowledge, attitude and practice of school teachers towards oral health in Pondicherry. J Clin Diagnos Res 2014;8(8):ZC12–ZC15. DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2014/9779.4676.
  9. Blaggana A, Grover V, Anjali, et al. Oral health knowledge, attitudes and practice behaviour among secondary school children in Chandigarh. J Clin Diagnos Res 2016;10(10):ZC01–ZC06.
  10. Mota A, Oswal KC, Sajnani DA, et al. Oral health knowledge, attitude, and approaches of pre-primary and primary school teachers in Mumbai, India. Hindawi Publishing Corporation Scientifica 2016. 8.
  11. Gambhir RS, Sohi RK, Nanda T, et al. Impact of school based oral health education programmes in India: a systematic review. J Clin Diagn Res 2013;7(12):3107–3110. DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2013/6212.3718.
  12. Al Subait AA, Alousaimi M, Geeverghese A, et al. Oral health knowledge, attitude and behavior among students of age 10–18 years old attending Jenadriyah festival Riyadh. A cross-sectional study. Saudi J Dent Res 2016;7(1):45–50. DOI: 10.1016/j.sjdr.2015.05.001.
  13. Ramroop V, Wright D, Naidu R. Dental health knowledge and attitudes of primary school teachers toward developing dental health education. West Indian Med J 2011;60(5):576.
  14. Nakre PD, Harikiran AG. Effectiveness of oral health education programs: a systematic review. J Int Soc Prev Community Dent 2013;3(2):103–115. DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.127810.
  15. Maganur PC, Satish V, Marwah N, et al. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of school teachers toward oral health in davangere, India. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2017;10(1):89–95. DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1413.
PDF Share
PDF Share

© Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) LTD.