Aim: The present study was undertaken to assess the knowledge and awareness of oral health literacy among rural and urban people and to correlate it with the oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL).
Materials and methods: The present study was conducted among the rural and urban population visiting the outpatient department. The study questionnaire was used to assess oral health literacy and these questions were framed based on the various aspects like general demographics, dental visit, and dentition status. A validated questionnaire to record the oral health impact profile (OHIP) was used to assess the quality of life. Further, the rapid estimate of adult literacy in dentistry-30 (REALD-30), the word recognition test, was used to assess oral health literacy.
Results: Out of 1,000 participants, 500 were from the urban population and 500 from a rural area. The mean age of participants in the rural and urban population was 32.22 ± 10.66 and 30.43 ± 10.3, respectively. The mean score of OHIP in rural and urban participants was found to be 6.46 ± 6.815 and 6.34 ± 8.492, respectively. The mean score of REALD-30 in rural and urban participants was found to be 12.88 ± 7.214 and 20.9 ± 7.334, respectively.
Conclusion: Results suggest that dental health literacy have an independent effect on dental health outcomes.
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