Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003113
Title: Awareness of importance of good and proper oral hygiene practices among the parents of young children - A knowledge, attitude, and practice survey
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Primary teeth play an important role in helping the child bite and chew food and for speech. Teaching the child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. This should begin at a very young age, and the parents should be aware of the various oral hygiene practices. In this short study, we assess the knowledge and awareness about prenatal counseling and various other oral hygiene practices in children among parents. Aim: The aim was to study the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) about the importance of good and proper oral hygiene practices in children among young parents. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire, in a structured format, was prepared to assess the KAP of oral hygiene practices in children among young parents. This study was conducted in hospitals with child care facilities in rural areas. The questionnaire consisted of questions regarding the participant’s knowledge about the association of the parent’s oral hygiene practices to their children, the awareness of various brushing techniques, the frequency of brushing, and their attitude toward regular dental checkups. The results were tabulated, and frequencies and percentages were used to create bar graphs and pie charts. Results: This study showed that the knowledge about the association of maternal oral hygiene and the child’s oral hygiene was 33.33%. 27.78% were aware of antenatal care. Only 11.90% were aware of fluoridated toothpastes and 49% were aware of various preventive measures. 68.25% reported brushing twice daily. Conclusion: This study concludes that there is a generalized lack of knowledge about the basics of oral care among the parents and emphasizes the need for more educational and preventive programs for better maintenance of oral hygiene.

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    N. Anu Netharaa, Pratibha Ramani, Herald J. Sherlin, S. Gheena, Abilasha Ramasubramanian, Gifrina Jayaraj, K. R. Don, Archana Santhanam

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    Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Corresponding author: Dr. N. Anu Netharaa, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, 162, Poonamalle High Road, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    N. Anu Netharaa, Pratibha Ramani, Herald J. Sherlin, S. Gheena, Abilasha Ramasubramanian, Gifrina Jayaraj, K. R. Don, Archana Santhanam

    Title:Awareness of importance of good and proper oral hygiene practices among the parents of young children - A knowledge, attitude, and practice survey
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (January)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (193-198)
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    Methodology:knowledge, attitude, and practice survey
    Research Materials: Brushing habits

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Brushing habits Dental hygiene knowledge Oral health care Pediatric oral hygiene Preventive pediatric dentistry

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