Volume 8 Issue 6 (June, 2020)

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Knowledge of the teething process and assessment of the relieving practices amongst mothers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Haneen Alshukairi, Farah Al Otaibi, Raghad Al Garni, Kholoud Al Rushidan, Njoud Al Ameri, Memonah Al Arajah, Malak Al Ajmai, Rawan AlKhalid

Background: Teething is the eruption of primary teeth from the intraosseous position in the jaws into the soft tissues of the oral cavity. Its a major life event that is concerning for caregivers around the world. This research is conducted to evaluate teething knowledge and relieving practices amongst mothers. Methodology: A randomized cross-sectional survey was distributed amongst 500 mothers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The survey is designed to evaluate the knowledge of teething and the associated relieving practices. Collection of data took 3 months from January of 2019 to March 2019. Results: Majority of the participants agree that the first teeth to erupt in the mouth are the lower centrals (87%). Three quarter of the participants agree that first tooth to erupt is around 6 7 months of age (74.6%) and 61.8% agree that the eruption of teeth is completed approximately at 2 years of age. The majority agree they give fluids to prevent dehydration (88.4%). Three quarter allowed child to bite on cool objects (75.8%) and 73% applied topical analgesics on gums. Under two third allowed bottle nursing at night (64.6%) and over half used systemic analgesics (56%). Conclusion: According to our findings there needs to be better public dental health education that focuses on the teething process and the relieving remedies practiced. Key words: teething, relieving practice, mothers, knowledge.

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