Oral Health Knowledge and Practice Behaviour among Secondary School Children in Shahzadpur Upazilla, Siraganj, Bangladesh.

Authors

  • Gazi Ikhtiar Ahmed Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Public Health, Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College, Sirajganj, Bangladesh.
  • Farkhanda Mah Jebin Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Public Health, Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College, Sirajganj, Bangladesh.
  • Md Ahsan Habib Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College, Sirajganj, Bangladesh.
  • Md Nahidul Islam Lecturer, Dental Unit, Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College, Sirajganj, Bangladesh.
  • Shaila Zaman Lecturer, Department of Dental Public Health, Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College, Sirajganj, Bangladesh.
  • Samiul Hasan Melar Registrar, Dental Unit, Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College, Sirajganj, Bangladesh.
  • Md Nurun Nabi Arafat Lecturer, Dental Unit, Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College, Sirajganj, Bangladesh.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/kyamcj.v14i02.65607

Keywords:

Oral health, Oral hygiene, Toothbrushing

Abstract

Background: A healthy oral cavity is of great significance for an individual’s overall health and well-being. Further, it enables an individual to masticate, speak and socialize without any active discomfort or embarrassment.
Objectives: The study was conducted with the objective of revealing the condition of  Healthy Oral Health Practice among a Selected Secondary School Children of Sirajganj District.
Materials & Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional survey conducted during the month of April-June 2022. The target population for this study were the people residing in secondary school children of Shahjadpul upazila in the Sirajganj district. A convenience sampling technique was adopted. A total of 325 respondents were included in the study.
Results: The age of study population ranged between 13 to 15 years with a mean age of 14 years. Data pertaining to the oral hygiene habits among the study population (n=325). The survey revealed that approximately 56.9% of the population studied, brushed their teeth once daily, while 38.5% respondents brushed twice a day. About knowledge towards general oral health, most of sample subjects were aware that sweets (89.8%) & smoking (65.5%) was not good for dental health. 85.6% of the respondents knew about the detrimental effect of  paan/ tobacco respectively on oral health. About half the respondents were aware that maligned teeth could affect oral health. A variable proportion of respondents were aware of the adverse effects of various habits e.g., thumb sucking (29.2%) and nail biting (48.0%).
Conclusions: This survey furnishes the background data to get insight into the status of awareness of secondary-level school students regarding oral health.

KYAMC Journal Vol. 14, No. 02, July 2023: 64-68.

 

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Published

2023-10-10

How to Cite

Gazi Ikhtiar Ahmed, Farkhanda Mah Jebin, Md Ahsan Habib, Md Nahidul Islam, Shaila Zaman, Samiul Hasan Melar, & Md Nurun Nabi Arafat. (2023). Oral Health Knowledge and Practice Behaviour among Secondary School Children in Shahzadpur Upazilla, Siraganj, Bangladesh. KYAMC Journal, 14(02), 64–68. https://doi.org/10.3329/kyamcj.v14i02.65607

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