HUBUNGAN TINGKAT PENGETAHUAN TERHADAP PERILAKU PERAWATAN KESEHATAN GIGI DAN MULUT PADA MURID SD KELAS IV-VI DI KELURAHAN GUNUNG BAHAGIA KOTA BALIKPAPAN
ASTUTI, LILIES ANGGARWATI
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Dental and oral problems, especially dental caries, can be influenced by several crucial factors, e.g., environment, health care, behaviour, knowledge, and heredity. Knowledge and behaviour are imperative and have a part in determining the dental care and dental hygiene of a person. According to the data from Basic Health Research (Riset Kesehatan Dasar – Riskesdas) of 2018, 96.5% of children aged 10-14 had brushed their teeth daily, but only 2.1% knew and could brush their teeth at the right time. Some research reports that there is a correlation between knowledge and dental care behaviour. This research aims to investigate the knowledge level, dental and oral care behaviour, and the correlation between the two. This research is a quantitative research employing cross-sectional method. The sampling method used in this research was proportionate stratified random sampling. The data were gathered using questionnaires given to elementary students grade IV-VI. From 311 samples consisted of elementary students grade IV-VI in Gunung Bahagia Ward, 97.4% (n=303) of the samples had good level of knowledge and 48.9% (n=152) of the samples had moderate category in dental and oral care behaviour. There was no significant correlation between knowledge level and dental and oral care behaviour in elementary students grade IV-VI in Gunung Bahagia Ward Balikpapan City (p=0.796).