Knowledge and attitude of Saudi mothers towards their preschool children’s oral health
Objectives: To determine knowledge and attitude of Saudi mothers towards their preschool children’s oral health.
Methods: One hundred and one mothers (of children aged 16 to 40 months) attending well-baby clinics at Security Forces Hospital Polyclinics in Makkah Al-Mukarrama participated in the study. A questionnaire was used to collect the required information.
Results: A great majority (92.1%) of the mothers agreed that “baby teeth are important for child’s general health. Similarly, 90.1% of the mothers agreed that “using fluoridated toothpaste helps to prevent tooth decay”. About four in every ten mothers (43.6%) agreed that a child should be allowed to use a bottle at-will when he/she becomes able to hold it. More than half of the mothers (54.5%) agreed that letting baby sleep with bottle still in the mouth was of no harm to teeth. A significantly (p=0.04) higher percentage of high Socioeconomic status (SES) mothers as compared to middle SES mothers (85.9% versus 55.6%) agreed that “frequent feeding with milk or milk formula is of no harm to baby’s teeth”. A significantly (p=003) higher percentage of the middle SES mothers as compared to high SES mothers (66.7% versus 17.4%) agreed that a child should only visit a dentist in case of a dental pain/problem.
Conclusions: The mothers need to be educated in several important areas related to feeding, diet and first dental check-up visit of their children.
How to cite this:Al-Zahrani AM, Al-Mushayt AS, Otaibi MF, Wyne AH. Knowledge and attitude of Saudi mothers towards their preschool children’s oral health. Pak J Med Sci 2014;30(4):720-724. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.304.5069
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