|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. It’s 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.