Study to Assess the Knowledge on Dental Caries Among Mothers of Underfive Children.

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Jenny, Sujasuresh, Tifani, Edvina princy, Selvarani


Background of the Study: Oral health is a crucial aspect of overall health, and oral hygiene is extremely vital for maintaining oral health. Additionally, it has become evident that the risk and causal variables for oral disorders are frequently the same as those linked to the main general diseases. The purpose of the current study is to determine how well-informed mothers of young children are on the causes and prevention of dental caries. Methods: For this investigation, a descriptive study was modified. 30 samples were chosen using a convenience sampling method with non-probability. In this study, Mothers knowledge of dental problems was assessed using a self-administered questionnaire. Statistics, both descriptive and inferential, were used to analyse the data. Results: Out of the 30 samples, 1 (3.3%) had sufficient understanding of dental caries, 9 (30%) had fairly adequate knowledge, and 20 (66.7%) had inadequate knowledge. Conclusion: Dental caries was common in children under the age of five, and the majority of the decaying teeth went untreated. Children's caries prevalence was correlated with the frequency with which they had sugary snacks, how often they visited the dentist, and their socioeconomic status. It became clear that raising knowledge of dental caries among Mothers of under-fives was necessary in order to prevent dental issues in children.

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