A Questionnaire-based Study to Assess the Level of Awareness among Parents about Preventive Measures and its Relationship with Dental Health Status of 6–12 Years Old Children in Panchkula, Haryana, India
Sakshi Bamba, Sanjay Chachra, Himanshu Duhan
DMFT/dmft, Oral health awareness, Parents, School-going children
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Bamba S, Chachra S, Duhan H. A Questionnaire-based Study to Assess the Level of Awareness among Parents about Preventive Measures and its Relationship with Dental Health Status of 6–12 Years Old Children in Panchkula, Haryana, India. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2019; 2 (1):10-13.
Background: Good oral health is important for the overall health and well-being of a child and is one of the building blocks for a disease-free life. Parent/caregiver plays a major role in a child\'s life, so their knowledge and attitude about oral health will have a great impact on the child\'s oral health.
Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate oral health awareness in parents of children aged 6-12 years in Panchkula and its relationship with the dental health status of their wards.
Materials and methods: Two hundred parents of children aged 6-12 years with no systemic condition/pathology were included in the study. A comprehensive questionnaire with apparent validity was designed covering questions regarding views of parents for their children on oral health knowledge, caries prevention, and role of diet which was distributed to the parents. Data were statistically analyzed using SPSS 20.
Results: The results showed that children of parents having unsatisfactory knowledge of oral health had higher decayed, missing, and filled teeth (DMFT/dmft) scores as compared to the children of parents having satisfactory knowledge of oral health.
Conclusion: Education of parents regarding oral health is important in keeping their child\'s oral health in good condition.
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