Objective: To translate the original English version of oral hygiene behaviour Index (OHB) into Kannada and to assess its validity and reliability.
Methods: After translation into Kannada, a total of 200 students aged 14-15 years established acceptable validity and reliability. The questionnaire was used to record about socio-demographic information and oral hygiene behaviour. Clinical examination included assessment of oral hygiene by using Oral Hygiene Index- Simplified.
Results: Its respective psychometric properties were assessed by using Content validity, face validity. Internal consistency and homogeneity between the OHB items were assessed by using Cronbach’s alpha (0.77). OHB index was found to correlate with OHI-S index score, the correlation coefficient value was 0.83.
Conclusion: OHB index can be used as a valuable instrument to measure oral hygiene behaviour among Kannada speaking population.
India, Oral health, Oral hygiene behavior.