European Academic Research ISSN 2286-4822
ISSN-L 2286-4822
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Article Details :
Article Name :
Oral Hygiene Knowledge and Practice among Students of Government Girls Unity College Damaturu, Yobe State, Nigeria
Author Name :
Mohammed Abba Alkali
Publisher :
Bridge Center
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Abstract :
Oral hygiene is the procedure for preservation of health of the oral cavity, personal maintenance of cleanliness and other measures recommended by dental professional (Esther 1999). Oral health is a key indicator of overall health and its link with general health is systemic and reciprocal, when oral health is compromised by diseases or injury, general health suffers (WHO 2016). Data was collected by administering structured questionnaire to 280 students. Simple random sampling was used to select participants. Descriptive research was used to report the information as they exist. The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge and practice of oral hygiene among secondary school students in Damaturu, Yobe state, Nigeria. The study found that all the students 280(100%) were using brush and toothpaste in cleaning their teeth. The result also shows that 258(92%) of the students don’t know fluoridated tooth paste and it’s important. However, only 24(8.6%) of the students were reported to be using fluoridated toothpaste. 220(78.5%) were reported to had never visited a dentist. However, out of the 60(21.5%) students which were reported to have visited a dentist, 54(90%) of them visited the dentist because of tooth/mouth/gum pain. The study revealed that knowledge and practice related to cleaning teeth is good, even though majority of them brush their teeth only once daily which is below the recommended standard. There is need for oral health enlightenment and campaign with regards to best oral hygiene practices among students.
Keywords :
Oral health, hygiene, knowledge, practice, student, college.

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