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An Effectiveness of Oral Health Promotion Program on 12 Year old School Going Children of South Indian Children

KK Shashibhushan, P. Poornima, Sathyaki Arora

Citation Information : Shashibhushan K, Poornima P, Arora S. An Effectiveness of Oral Health Promotion Program on 12 Year old School Going Children of South Indian Children. CODS J Dent 2015; 7 (2):55-59.

DOI: 10.5005/cods-7-2-55

License: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


Background and Objectives

Dental care is the most common unmet health care need of children in India. The study was undertaken to test lecture method for providing oral health education to 12 year old school going children.


A sample size of 200 was selected randomly from 6 different schools of Davangere district. Students who were of chronological age of 12 year from the selected schools were included in the study. Before giving lecture aid, the study group IS assessed about their self-implemented oral hygiene practices through questionnaire. The study groups were assessed immediately and 6 months after given lecture aid through a questionnaire which was designed to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practices of 12 year old school children regarding their oral health. The data thus collected was tabulated, assessed and statistically analyzed using student paired T-test and McNemar test.


There was statistically significant (P<0.001) improvement in the knowledge and behavior regarding oral health amongst study group with the overall improvement in correct answers. There was a significant reduction (P<0.001) in the memory among the study group after 6 months of oral hygiene instruction.

Interpretation and Conclusion

The lecture method was effective in improving oral hygiene attitudes and skills. After 6 months, there was a significant reduction in memory gained after interventional program which dictates the need for regular reinforcement of educational and motivational programs.

How to cite this article

Poornima P., Arora S, Neena IE, Shashibhushan KK, Nagaveni NB. An Effectiveness of Oral Health Promotion Program on 12 Year old School Going Children of South Indian Children. CODS J Dent 2015;7:55-59.

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