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J Educ Health Promot. 2019 Mar 14;8:60. doi: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_63_18. eCollection 2019.

Parents outlook on preventive dental modalities for their children in Udham Singh Nagar, India.

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Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract

AIM:

The aim is to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents toward preventive dental treatment modalities.

METHODOLOGY:

A convenient sample of parents was selected randomly from four schools of Udham Singh Nagar, India. The data were collected through questionnaire on dental preventive modalities. The questionnaire includes questions pertaining to knowledge and practices toward pit and fissure sealants, fluoride application, and dental visits. Questions pertaining attitude toward the same were asked after the motivational program.

RESULTS:

The majority of the parents were unaware that dental caries could be prevented by preventive treatment modalities. None of their children had undergone preventive procedures. Even after visiting dentist, 70% of parents were not informed about the preventive treatments by their respective dentists. Even after our motivational program, around one-third of the parents were reluctant to accept preventive procedures for their children.

CONCLUSION:

Parent's knowledge about the preventive dental procedures for their children was insufficient. Dentists are not encouraging parents about the benefits of preventive treatment modalities. Based on our findings, promotional efforts encouraged 64% of parents to embrace preventive procedures for their children. The present study emphasizes the need to educate parents and their children.

KEYWORDS:

Dental caries; knowledge; parents; preventive treatment modalities

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