Oral health is the absence of disease and the optimal functioning of the mouth and its tissues. Oral disease are globally health problem in both industrialized and especially in the developing countries.
Objective: To assess the level of knowledge regarding prevention of dental caries among school children and to determine the association of level of knowledge regarding prevention of dental caries among school children with selected demographic variables.
Material and Method: A descriptive design was used to collect data from school children. The subjects consisted of 220 school going children who were selected using convenient sampling method. With paper pencil technique data were collected by administering a structured knowledge questionnaire. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics such as mean, median and standard deviation, and inferential statistics such as Chi square test.
Result: Majority of school going children had good knowledge (35.45%) regarding prevention of dental caries. The computed chi square value of knowledge score with relation to selected demographic variables of school going children were found to be statistically not significant at 0.05 level of significance which indicate that these demographic variables have no impact on knowledge of school children except class, dietary habits, family monthly income in rupees, education of father, education of mother, how many times do you brush daily that was found statistically significant at 0.05 level of significance.
Conclusion: To put in the nutshell, present study revealed that most of school going children had good knowledge regarding prevention of dental caries.