Oral health knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) among prison inmates of Ambala District, Haryana (India)

  • Digra R
  • Gupta N
  • Arora V
  • et al.
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Aim: The study was to assess the oral health knowledge, attitude and practice among prison inmates of Ambala district (Haryana) India. Materials and method: It was a cross sectional study conducted on 570 prisoners after meeting the eligibility criteria. A 23 item closed ended structured questionnaire was used to assess the oral health related knowledge, attitude and practice among prison inmates. Results: the results show that oral health knowledge was poor among prisoner as 51% of the subjects did not know about the meaning of gum bleeding and 83% of subjects have no knowledge of dental plaque. Knowledge about injurious effects tobacco was better. Prisoner shows their negative attitude towards dental treatment as 45.6% of the subjects think, it is necessary to visit a dentist and 62.24% of the subjects had never visit to a dental clinic even before imprisonment. 38.66% of the subjects had their last visit for more than five year ago. Tooth extraction (27.4%) was the most common cause of last visit. Practice among prisoner reveals, 58% of the subjects do brush their teeth at least once a day and most of the subjects 90% use toothbrush and paste for cleaning their teeth. Most of the subjects (79%) brush their teeth in morning and 59% perform brushing for more than 2 minute.

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Digra, R., Gupta, N., Arora, V., & Gupta, P. (2015). Oral health knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) among prison inmates of Ambala District, Haryana (India). Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research, 1(4). https://doi.org/10.15761/docr.1000124

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