TEACHERS’ KNOWLEDGE AND CONFIDENCE IN CONDUCTING ORAL HEALTH ACTIVITIES IN KINDERGARTENS

Authors

  • Syarifah Haizan Sayed Kamar
  • Noorhazayti Ab Halim
  • Nur Atikah Md Rashid
  • Nur A’isyah Muhammad Radzi

Abstract

Teachers play an important role in promoting good oral health practices among preschool children as they are one of the most influential people in a child’s life. This study aims to assess preschool teachers’ oral health knowledge and confidence in conducting oral health promotion activities in kindergartens. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 111 preschool teachers (Government = 60, Private = 51) from selected kindergartens. Stratified random cluster sampling was used to select the participants. Their knowledge and confidence in conducting oral health activities were assessed using self-administered questionnaires. Data were analysed using SPSS Statistics version 23.0. Preschool teachers in Kuantan had moderate oral health knowledge (Mean score 62.6%, SD 19.2%) and high confidence in conducting oral health-related activities (Mean score 77.7%, SD 13.7%) at the kindergartens. Significant relationships were reported between teachers’ oral health knowledge and age (p=0.008), and type of preschool (p<0.01). There was also a significant relationship between a teacher’s confidence and type of preschool (p<0.01). However, there was no significant relationship reported between confidence and teacher’s age (p=0.057). Preschool teachers in Kuantan have high oral health knowledge and confidence in conducting oral health activities. Younger and private teachers were less confident than older and government teachers.

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Published

2019-12-29

How to Cite

Syarifah Haizan Sayed Kamar, Ab Halim, N. ., Md Rashid, N. A. ., & Muhammad Radzi, N. A. . (2019). TEACHERS’ KNOWLEDGE AND CONFIDENCE IN CONDUCTING ORAL HEALTH ACTIVITIES IN KINDERGARTENS. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES, 3(3), 839–839. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/ijahs/index.php/IJAHS/article/view/402