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Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) of oral hygiene in the construction industry of Sriperumbudur region, Tamil Nadu – A KAP questionnaire study

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Priyanka Mariam George and Jaiganesh Ramamurthy
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Health Sciences
Abstract: 

Aims &Objectives: To assess and compare the oral health attitude, knowledge and practices of engineering professionals versus the site workers in Sriperumbudur region of Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. This study was aimed in order to conduct industry based community-oriented oral health promotion programs with the results obtained Materials and Methodology: Study group comprised of a total of 316 employees of the Construction industry from various Construction sites from Sriperumbudur region. The study population is classified into two groups, first group consisting of 121, were the professionals including Engineers and the second group of195, consisted of site workers of various trades. They were assessed using data obtained from a self administered questionnaire. Data was entered into a personal computer and analyzed using the SPSS software version 20. Results: We understand from the study that even in one particular industry, it has been found that among the two groups: Group A (Engineering Professionals) & Group B (Workers), Group B has low level of oral health awareness and practices as compared to Group A. Statistical analysis was done and the results obtained showed a statistical significance Conclusion: Oral diseases & problems needs to be considered among the major public health problems owing to their high prevalence and incidence, For which oral health knowledge is to be considered as an important prerequisite for healthy oral practices. Special training needs to be organized in order to train and change certain misconceptions and to imbibe healthy oral practices.

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