Knowledge Among Parents about Importance of Primary Dentition
Keywords:Parents, dental caries, primary teeth, oral habits.
Aim: Dental caries is very common in primary dentition because of improper oral hygiene and increased
intake of sucrose. The parents are the one who take care of their children and make decision for them. Often
parents are responsible for the oral care of their children. The aim of this study is to evaluate the knowledge
among parents about importance of primary dentition.
Objectives: To evaluate the attitude and knowledge of parents towards importance of maintaining primary
dentition in their children.
Materials and Method: The study was conducted among parents visiting dental institution, Chennai. A
total of 200 questionnaire containing 15 questions were prepared for data collection and were personally
distributed to parents. A number of 100 fathers and 100 mothers were included in the study.
Results: The study shows that literate parents had more knowledge about primary dentition when compared
to illiterate parents.
Conclusion: Knowledge about primary dentition can be increased in parents by conducting oral awareness
program in schools. There is a need cultivate positive attitude among parents to raise their knowledge about
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