Background: Parents’ attitudes have a positive impact on the state of children’s oral health. The present study was conducted to determine attitude and knowledge of mothers regarding oral hygeine status of school children. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted on 380 children of class 1- 6th standard and their parents. All subjects were provided with questionnaire and asked to fill it. The response was recorded on performa. Results: It was found that 170 parents were not aware that one should visit dentist. 190 parents thought reason for tooth brushing was white teeth, 170 parents were not aware that sugar causes decay, 140 parents were disagree about dental plaque causes gingival bleeding and 250 parents thought that tooth brushing prevents tooth decay. The difference was significant (P< 0.05). 240 parents thought that frequency of brushing should be once daily, occasion of brushing should be in morning (250) and time spent on brushing should be more than 3 minutes (230). The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Conclusion: There is need to educate the mothers regarding oral hygeine status of their children. The knowledge and awareness were found to be poor.
Key words: Attitude, Knowledge, Oral health.
Received: 15 September 2018 Revised: 16 November 2018 Accepted: 18 November 2018
Corresponding Author: Dr. Tanvi Sudan, PG student, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Himachal Dental College, Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh, India
This article may be cited as: Sudan T, Sudan S, Bhardwaj A. Attitude and Knowledge of Mothers Regarding Oral Hygiene Status of School Children. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2018;6(12):19-21.