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Oral Hygiene Practices, Knowledge, and Self-Reported Dental and Gingival Problems with Rural-Urban Disparities among Primary School children in Lilongwe, Malawi

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dc.contributor.author Mlenga, F
dc.contributor.author Mumghamba, E.G.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-03-01T06:00:27Z
dc.date.available 2022-03-01T06:00:27Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Mlenga, F. and Mumghamba, E.G., 2021. Oral hygiene practices, knowledge, and self-reported dental and gingival problems with rural-urban disparities among primary school children in Lilongwe, Malawi. International Journal of Dentistry, 2021. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.muhas.ac.tz:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/2955
dc.description.abstract Background: Oral health is dependent on the knowledge and awareness of the individuals. Teachers as individuals influence the children in every aspect including oral health maintenance. The objective of this study was to assess the oral health knowledge, attitude, practices, and oral health status among school teachers in Chitwan District, Nepal. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 550 school teachers of private and government schools in Chitwan District, to assess the knowledge, attitude, practices, and oral health status. Descriptive analysis was done and data were analyzed using chi-square. A five-point Likert Scale was applied to compute knowledge, attitude, and practices of the school teachers. Results: Most of the school teachers had good knowledge about periodontal diseases in comparison to dental caries. Private school (20.7% : 57) teachers had higher good oral health knowledge as compared to government school teachers (9.8% : 27). An almost equal percentage of private and government teachers (73.5% : 202 and 74.2% : 204, respectively) were found with fair knowledge about oral health. Males had a higher percentage for good oral health knowledge as compared to females. Conclusion: There is an incredible need to improve oral health knowledge and attitude among school teachers concerning different problems of the oral cavity and the avoidance of dental diseases. These enhancements can be applied through regular training of teachers by oral health seminars, materials, and other such types of methods. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Hindawi- International Journal of Dentistry en_US
dc.subject Oral Hygiene en_US
dc.subject Dental and Gingival Problems en_US
dc.subject Rural-Urban en_US
dc.subject Primary School children en_US
dc.subject Lilongwe en_US
dc.subject Malawi en_US
dc.title Oral Hygiene Practices, Knowledge, and Self-Reported Dental and Gingival Problems with Rural-Urban Disparities among Primary School children in Lilongwe, Malawi en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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