Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Práticas dos Pais Quanto aos Cuidados com os Dentes Decíduos de seus Filhos na Cidade de Davangere, Índia

Nagaveni M B, Radhika N B, Umashankar K V, Praveen Reddy B

Abstract


Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practices of parents of Davangere city regarding the care of primary teeth.
Methods: 1000 questionnaires containing about 10 questions written both in English and local language (Kannada) were prepared for data collection and were personally distributed to 1000 parents of Davangere city. Reponses obtained were tabulated and the results of the questionnaire were expressed as frequency distribution and computed in percentages.
Results: Most of the parents were unaware of the importance of the primary teeth. Only 4% of parents had knowledge about primary teeth. When questioned about the importance of primary teeth, 82% of parents told that primary teeth are not important. For frequency of brushing, majority (91.1%) of parents reported that only once they ask their children to brush in a day. 90.6% parents stated that they would choose their child’s paediatricians. Despite bringing their children to the dentist on a regular basis for check-ups, many would prefer not to have these teeth filled but would rather that they were left (32%) or even extracted (61%).
Conclusion: There is a lack of knowledge in majority of parents of Davangere, pertaining to primary teeth care of their children. Thus, a high level of awareness was obviously desirable among these parents.

Keywords


Dentição decídua; Conhecimentos, atitudes e prática em saúde; Cuidado da criança; Dentition, primary; Health knowledge, attitudes, practice; Child care.



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4034/pboci.v11i1.1268

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