Knowledge, Attitude and Practices regarding Oral Hygiene Maintenance Among Private Security Persons

M.P. Santhosh Kumar, Reader, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital
2021 International Journal of Dentistry and Oral Science  
Objective: Oral hygiene knowledge contributes to good oral health, but unless attitudes and habits are developed and put into practice, little will be gained. It is important to review the knowledge, attitude, and practices of the oral health of private security persons, with the objectives of inculcating healthy life style practices to last for a lifetime. Individuals who hold favorable oral health related beliefs over time have better oral health in their later years than those who do not.
more » ... s implies that changing beliefs should result in changes in behaviors.The aim of this study was to assess the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices regarding Oral Hygiene Maintenance Among Private Security Persons and planning the treatment needs accordingly to enable these group of people to lead a better healthier life. Methods: A descriptive cross sectional survey was conducted in the self-administered questionnaire that assessed the knowledge, attitude and practices on oral hygiene maintenance among 100 private security persons residing in Chennai. Results: Most of the private security persons had knowledge regarding cleaning their teeth and tongue except about usage of interdental aids and mouthwashes. Most of them cleaned their teeth using tooth brush and tooth paste. Conclusion: The toothbrush with toothpaste is the most common oral hygiene aid used for cleaning teeth among the private security persons and most of them brushed their teeth daily in the morning. As knowledge about oral hygiene are inadequate for private security persons, there is a need to provide awareness about basic knowledge on oral hygiene and practices. This will prevent them from further oral diseases and any other health related problem. Effective oral health education and promotion programs are needed to improve oral health knowledge, attitude, and practices of the private security persons. Oral health education is a powerful tool in improving the oral hygiene knowledge and practices, which can lead to better plaque control and subsequent improvement in gingival health. Hands-on training like toothbrushing drill, flossing and rinsing can act as a motivational tool in promotion of oral health.
doi:10.19070/2377-8075-21000877 fatcat:5jkpng4ervd2fpq7diiiw6kfty