Introduction: Oral health is an important aspect of health for all children, and is all the more important for children with special health needs because, severity of medical conditions and perceived general health are significantly associated with dental health status. Methodology: It is a non-randomised intervention study conducted among 510 children with special health care needs aged 7-18 years attending 5 special schools in Mangalore city.The oral health status among these children was assessed using the OHI-S (1964) at baseline, midway and at the end of 9th month of the intervention. The oral health education continued every month till the 9th month of the study. Results: In the present study it has been observed that majority of the children had fair oral hygiene i.e 69.4% in the baseline, which increased to 70.0% in the mid intervention period which further increased to 70.6% at the end of 9th month. Conclusion: The children who received training to brush their teeth with the help of pictures showed slight improvement in their mean OHI-S scores (2.27 to 2.22) at the end of 9th month.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development|
|Publication status||Published - 09-2019|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health