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European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 105–112 | Cite as

Oral health promoting factors: a preliminary survey on knowledge, attitude and practise among caregivers in Udaipur, India

  • R. NagarajappaEmail author
  • M. Batra
  • A. J. Sharda
  • K. Asawa
  • S. Sanadhya
  • H. Daryani
  • G. Ramesh
Original Scientific Article

Abstract

Aim

To assess the level and determine the relationship between knowledge, attitudes and practices related to oral health promoting factors among secondary caregivers attending day-care centres.

Study Design

A cross-sectional descriptive survey.

Methods

A survey was conducted among 110 caregivers in Udaipur. Data were collected through self-administered questionnaire addressing aspects of knowledge, attitudes and practises of oral health promoting factors in children.

Results

Caregivers age, education and duration of employment were significantly associated with knowledge, attitude and practise scores (p ≤ 0.05). Primary job option and number of children under care were significantly associated with practise scores. A positive relationship was found between the average knowledge, attitude and practise scores of respondents, but this was not statistically significant (p ≥ 0.05).

Statistics

General Linear Model (GLM) with Bonferroni post hoc was used for statistical analysis.

Conclusion

Good understanding of caregiver knowledge and attitude is essential for oral health promotion efforts to be effective.

Keywords

Attitudes Caregivers Child day-care centres Knowledge Oral health 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Nagarajappa
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Batra
    • 1
  • A. J. Sharda
    • 1
  • K. Asawa
    • 1
  • S. Sanadhya
    • 1
  • H. Daryani
    • 1
  • G. Ramesh
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Public Health DentistryPacific Dental College and HospitalUdaipurIndia
  2. 2.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial PathologyPacific Dental College and HospitalUdaipurIndia

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