Acta Scientific Dental Sciences

Research ArticleVolume 2 Issue 1

Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior Concerning Fluoridated Toothpaste and among Indian Adolescents

J Kittu1* and V Aditi2

1Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Rungta College of Dental Sciences and Research, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, India
2Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New-Delhi, India

*Corresponding Author: Kittu Jain, Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Rungta College of Dental Sciences and Research, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, India.

Received: November 15, 2017; Published: December 02, 2017

Citation: J Kittu and V Aditi. “Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior Concerning Fluoridated Toothpaste and among Indian Adolescents”. Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 2.1 (2018).

Abstract

Background: Most effective method for administering fluoride for caries prevention is the regular use of fluoridated toothpaste and tooth brushing. Indian adolescents seem to have low awareness regarding their oral health care primarily in the use of fluoridated toothpaste and tooth brushing methods. The aim of this study was to evaluate knowledge, attitude and behavior concerning fluoridated toothpaste and tooth brushing habit among Indian Adolescents.

Methods: A self-administered, closed ended questionnaire was distributed amongst 200 school children of age group 15 years in Bangalore city, Karnataka, India.

Methods: Although the study participants showed little knowledge about the reason and technique of using a fluoridated toothpaste effectively, the total of 82% were using fluoride toothpaste without knowing that their toothpaste was fluoridated (57.5%). Majority of them gave advertisement as reason for toothpaste selection. 40.5% answered that fluoride cleans the teeth. 41% brushed their teeth twice daily, 76% brushed for more than 3 minutes. 20% share their toothbrush with family members.

Conclusion: Despite having good attitude and behavior regarding fluoridated toothpaste and tooth brushing, the state of knowledge needs improvement.

Keywords: Fluoride; Fluoridated Toothpaste; Toothpaste; Tooth Brushing; Knowledge

Copyright: © 2018 Kittu and V Aditi. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



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