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Title: Saudi parents knowledge of and attitude toward the prevention of dental caries.
Authors: Al-Shalan, TA.
Keywords: Saudi; parents; knowledge; dental caried
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Saudi Dental Society
Citation: Saudi Dental Journal; 15(1): 27-32
Abstract: This study was conducted to assess Saudi parents knowledge of and attitude toward the prevention of dental caries in their children in Al-Ahsa region. Parents (N=1748) were requested to complete self-administered questionnaires that were distributed to their children studying in seventeen primary schools for boys in Al-Ahsa and 952 parents (54.46%) returned the questionnaires. The results showed that 74.6% male and 73.9% of female parents carried out tooth brushing for their children to prevent dental caries while more than 50.0 % of both parents practiced sugar reduction and dental education. Dental visits were not regarded as an effective method (12.0%) in reducing dental caries and there was no significant difference in sex or age of parent in the four different methods (P>0.05). Statistically significant differences were observed between the parents based on their educational level except in dental education to the children. Chi-square tests showed P < 0.0001 for brushing, P < 0.041 for sugar reduction and P<0.002 for dental visits. The family income significantly influenced only the tooth brushing habits (P=0.003). More than half of the parents knew the importance of tooth brushing and sugar reduction but not enough about dental visits and the use of fluoride and fissure sealants to prevent caries. Based on the results, it is concluded that dental knowledge and attitudes are influenced by level of education and family income but not by age or sex.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/16074
ISSN: 1013-9052
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