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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-16

Knowledge and attitude toward oral health practice among the parents in Riyadh city

1 Department of Pediatric, Majmaah University, Academic City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Restorative, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science (KSAU-HS), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Basim Almulhim
Qassim University, Buraydah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-3019.192473

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Introduction: Parents are directly responsible for the dental health of their offspring and can play an important role in preventing oral diseases in children. Parents and teachers are the significant persons that have a great influence on young people. Aim: To assess knowledge and attitude towards oral health practice among the parents. Materials and Methods: The study design was cross-sectional study involving 303 participants male and female from Saudi Arabia and another Arab nationality. Electronic Questionnaires were distributed through popular social media involving Twitter, Facebook and some direct and indirect messages through the email. Result: 85% of the parents agreed that primary teeth should receive the same care as the permanent teeth. Almost half of the participants reported that their children should start brushing in age less than one year. Majority of the participants (77%) had the right knowledge regarding the use of fluoride. The most common cleaning aid of the teeth is toothbrush. Conclusion: Majority of the parents in the study showed the right level of knowledge regarding use of fluoride; this was also reported in many other studies. A high percentage of this study and other studies show that the parents care for their childrens’ primary teeth similar to the care they would show to their permanent teeth.

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