Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00004511
Title: Knowledge and awareness of parents about their children first dental visit undergraduate – A cross-sectional survey
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Background: The oral hygiene of pre-schoolchildren plays a very important role in bringing about the future dental health of the person. Children are more prone to dental caries and thus the prevention of dental caries is important to avoid loss of primary teeth prematurely and decreases the risk of diseases in the future. Parents play an important role in teaching and maintaining oral hygiene to their children. Thus, this study is designed to assess the parents’ knowledge and awareness of their children oral hygiene and timing of the first dental visit by doing a survey among parents of pre-teen children in Saveetha Dental College, Chennai. Aim: A cross-sectional survey was undertaken to assess the knowledge and attitude of parents regarding their child’s first dental visit. Materials and Methods: With prior consent, a 10-question survey including both multiple-choice and yes/no questions was distributed to 100 parents visiting Saveetha Dental College. The data collected were statistically analyzed and tabulated. Results: About 15.5% opted 1 year and below, 42% opted 3 years, and 34.4% opted 6 years as the ideal age for the child’s first dental visit. About 65.3% opted emergency as the main reason for visiting the dentist, whereas 28.1% opted regular checkup. About 70% opted enhancing and motivating the child is the best approach in bringing the child to the dentist. About 80% of the subject opted only when their child has pain they make a visit to the dentist. About 90% of the subjects knew that their child’s teeth are more prone to cavities. Conclusion: It was evident that the awareness level regarding the importance of the first dental visit is very low in the Indian population, with an average age of the child’s first dental visit being at 3–6 years of age. The most common reason for seeking dental care at the first visit is found to be pain and dental caries.

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    Roghith Kannan1 , Mebin George Mathew2 *

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

    2 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Mebin George Mathew, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Author:

    Roghith Kannan1 , Mebin George Mathew2 *

    Title:Knowledge and awareness of parents about their children first dental visit undergraduate – A cross-sectional survey
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (November )
    Year:2019
    Page No: (225-229)
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    Methodology:Knowledge and awareness,
    Research Materials:Dental caries

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Dental caries Knowledge Oral hygiene

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