Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 186--193

Impact of oral health education on oral health knowledge of private school children in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia


Abdulrahman Dahham Al Saffan1, Mohammad Abdul Baseer1, Abdul Aziz Alshammary1, Mansour Assery2, Ashraf Kamel3, Ghousia Rahman1 
1 Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Deanship of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Preparatory Health Sciences, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohammad Abdul Baseer
Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Namuthajiya Campus, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, P. O. Box: 84891, Riyadh 11681
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Aims and Objectives: To assess the early effect of oral health education on oral health knowledge of primary and intermediate school students of private schools by utilizing pre/post questionnaires data from oral health educational projects in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. Second, to examine topic-specific knowledge differences between genders, nationalities, and educational levels of the students. Materials and Methods: Cross-sectional oral health educational data of private school students (n = 1279) in primary and intermediate levels were extracted from the King Salman Centre for Children's Health (KSCCH) projects undertaken by Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy. Student's pre- and post-test data were analyzed for changes in oral health knowledge. Overall knowledge score and topic-specific knowledge scores were calculated and the differences between gender, nationality, and educational level were examined using Mann–Whitney U-test. Pre/post change in the oral health knowledge was evaluated by Wilcoxon's sign rank test. Results: Immediately, after oral health educational session high knowledge score category showed an increase of 25.6%, medium and low knowledge score categories showed −3.2% and −22.3% decrease, and this change was statistically significant (P < 0.001). Comparison of correct responses between pre- and post-test showed statistically significant (P < 0.05) increase in all the questions except for the timing of tooth brushing. Females, non-Saudi nationals and students in primary level of education showed significantly high mean knowledge (P < 0.001) at posttest assessment. Conclusion: Primary and intermediate private school student's overall, and topic-specific oral health knowledge improved immediately after educational intervention provided by KSCCH. High knowledge gain was observed among female non-Saudi primary school students.


How to cite this article:
Al Saffan AD, Baseer MA, Alshammary AA, Assery M, Kamel A, Rahman G. Impact of oral health education on oral health knowledge of private school children in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia.J Int Soc Prevent Communit Dent 2017;7:186-193


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Al Saffan AD, Baseer MA, Alshammary AA, Assery M, Kamel A, Rahman G. Impact of oral health education on oral health knowledge of private school children in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. J Int Soc Prevent Communit Dent [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Oct 18 ];7:186-193
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