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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-36

A study to assess the role of teachers in the promotion of oral health in developing countries

Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, S.K.S.S. Dental College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Mauli Simratvir
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, S.K.S.S. Dental College, Ludhiana, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-7761.93406

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Introduction: With the recent shift in paradigm, dentistry has moved from restorations, replacements or extractions, toward early diagnosis, risk assessment, and prevention of dental diseases in children. Teachers can play a crucial role during the mentor years of the child by imparting oral health knowledge and inculcating positive health attitudes. Aim: This study aims to relate the oral health status of teachers with children in different age groups and to demarcate a time when children would be most receptive to instructions. Materials and Methods: One hundred and nineteen teachers (mean age 32.6 ± 3.4 years) and 1500 children divided into six age groups, from 4-10 years, of 250 each, attending selected schools, were examined and their decayed, missing, and filled teeth (dmft/DMFT) scores was recorded using the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria, by trained examiners. Results: The results were statistically analyzed using the Pearson's correlation coefficient. A significant positive correlation was seen between the DMFT of teachers and children in the seven-to-nine-year age group. Conclusion: This points out the fact that awareness among teachers can play a pivotal role in health promotion among pupils. They are ideally positioned to inculcate a positive health attitude and refer children to a dental home in a timely manner.

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