"Introduction: Oral health is an essential component of health throughout life. Dental problems, as a social ailment, are one of the disease burden consequences of civilization for the 20th century. The past two decades have experienced a dramatic decline regarding dental diseases in children and adolescents living in Urban provinces of the country. Increasing levels of dental caries have been reported in several developing countries as India, especially for those countries where preventive programmes have yet not been implemented. The major etiological factors accounting to improper oral hygiene are diet based on carbohydrate-rich and highly processed food products, neglect of prophylaxis and dental check-up.
Methods: A questionnaire was prepared to assess the teeth cleaning practices among the study subjects. After the pilot study was conducted on 86 eligible students, the sample size was determined to be 1400 students among a total of 3600 students of the 30 schools selected for study. Of the selected schools standard 7th and 10th students sufficed the age criteria. The sample was obtained by selecting the students randomly to cover the minimally required sample size as per the inclusion and the exclusion criteria.
Result & Conclusion: Assessment of oral hygiene practices of the study population revealed that majority of the population (65%) used to clean their teeth once daily using toothbrush and toothpaste in a horizontal motion, the distribution of habit being similar across both age groups and gender in the government schools, implying an overall great defect in practicing recommended methods and techniques of cleaning teeth.
Oral cavity, School children, Teeth cleaning practices and Rural areas