Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P'Col-00005039
Title: Infant oral health-care knowledge and awareness among parents in Chennai and Cochin
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: The aim of the study was to determine the understanding regarding the infant oral health (IOH) care among parents in Chennai and Cochin. Objective: The objective of the study was to create awareness and determine the understanding of IOH care among parents. Materials and Methods: A convenient sample size of 200 consecutive parents from the area of Chennai and Cochin (100 parents each) participated in this study. A cross-sectional observational online-based study was conducted. The questionnaire was constructed in the SurveyMonkey website with dichotomous responses and multiple- choice questions. Results: The results of the present study indicated that the overall knowledge and attitude scores of parents toward IOH were poor. The awareness regarding the importance of IOH care was not satisfactory at all. All the response was below the average level. Conclusion: Overall knowledge and attitude of parents towards IOH care were very poor. Health-care professionals should do more awareness campaigns, especially in rural areas to explain the importance of IOH before child loses his/her primary tooth due to caries. The importance of a primary tooth should be explained to every parent and parents to be. IOH care should be a major perspective in parenting. More programs should be conducted to create awareness regarding IOH care.

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    Gayathri Menon, Mebin George Mathew*

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    Department of Pedodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Mebin George Mathew, Department of Pedodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    Gayathri Menon, Mebin George Mathew*

    Title:Infant oral health-care knowledge and awareness among parents in Chennai and Cochin
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):14 (May)
    Year:2020
    Page No: (760-764)
  • Experimental Methods Keywords

    Methodology:Bottle feeding, Dental caries, Oral health care, Rampant caries
    Research Materials:Infant

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Bottle feeding Dental caries Infant Oral health care Rampant caries

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