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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72-77

Oral health knowledge and attitudes of primary school teachers toward school-based oral health programs in Abha-Khamis, Saudi Arabia


Department of Periodontics and Community Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Shreyas Tikare
Department of Periodontics and Community Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, PO Box No. 3263
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/sjos.SJOralSci_18_17

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Background: The effectiveness of school-based dental health programs has been vastly reported. The objective of the present study was to assess the oral health knowledge and attitudes of primary school teachers in Saudi Arabia and to identify any barriers in implementing school oral health programs. Methodology: A pretested self-administered questionnaire was used to assess the oral health knowledge and attitudes of primary school teachers including barriers in implementing school oral health programs. Results: A total of 61 primary schools were included in the present study with responses from 1186 teachers. The mean oral health knowledge score among primary school teacher of Abha-Khamis was found to be 16 ± 2.7. The overall attitude of primary school teachers regarding implementing school-based oral health program was found to be positive on Likert scale. The responses for barriers in implementing school oral health program were almost equally distributed: lack of material resources (21%), lack of professional training (25%), lack of availability of time (25%), lack of support from school administration (22%), and teacher's attitude was least perceived as a barriers (7%). Conclusions: The oral health knowledge among primary school teachers was found to be good with positive attitudes toward school-based oral health programs. The most significant barriers in implementing a school oral health program were administrative barriers. There is a need for concerned school authorities and health policy makers to address these barriers and to promote oral health in the community.


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