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AIM - To assess the barriers and facilitators for implementing oral health programmes among school children of different educational boards.
METHOD - A questionnaire with 13 closed-ended questions on barriers and facilitators for school-based oral health programs was validated and distributed to school teachers in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, Total 94 responses were collected and converted into numerical data to calculate counts and percentages. Data were analysed using SPSS version 20.0 software.
CONCLUSION – Good oral health is key to general wellbeing and schools being the most influencing in foundation years of children, school based oral health program should be implemented on regular basis and provisions should be made to accommodate it in regular curriculum
RESULTS - The demographic distribution showed the highest participants from the GSEB board (43.6%) and the least responses from the CBSE board (21.3%). All participants were aware of school-based oral health programmes; however, only 70% of the CBSE schools had implemented school based oral health programmes, compared to 100% of ICSE and GSEB schools. In the GSEB board, the main barrier to implement school based oral health programmes in the curriculum was lack of material to teach oral health problems (42.9%), whereas in the CBSE board, insufficient time available in weekly schedules was the main limiting factor (63.6%). (P<0.005)
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