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Unmet Oral Health Needs of Basic School Pupils in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region of Ghana

Mary Dsane

Department of Dentistry, Volta River Authority Hospital, Ghana

Dr. Mary Dsane, Department of Dentistry, Volta River Authority Hospital, Ghana.

Keywords: Oral Health; Dental Caries; Pearson Chi Square Test

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Introduction
Prevalence of caries in young children is worldwide. Parent perception is a contributor in dental nonattendance. Reduction in prevalence of periodontal disease help reduce associated systemic diseases. This research seeks to assess the oral disease burden amongst basic school pupils and the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of the people.
Method
The study was a school-based cross-sectional design with 300 study subjects using multi-stage sampling procedure from four schools. Parents were interviewed on their knowledge, attitude and behavior towards oral health. Ethical clearance was obtained from Ensign College of Public Health’s Institutional Review Committee and the Municipal Office of the Ghana Education Service. Administrative permission was also sought from the heads of the school. Data collected was be analyzed with Stata.

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