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Evaluation of the Knowledge and Belief of Expectant Mothers in Their Last Trimester about Importance of Primary Teeth and Their Care

Bharathi Padiyar, Asmita Sharma, Pooja Mishra, Thejavinuo

Keywords : Expectant mother, Infant oral health, Primary teeth,Early childhood caries

Citation Information : Padiyar B, Sharma A, Mishra P, T. Evaluation of the Knowledge and Belief of Expectant Mothers in Their Last Trimester about Importance of Primary Teeth and Their Care. J Mahatma Gandhi Univ Med Sci Tech 2017; 2 (3):143-147.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10057-0054

License: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Published Online: 00-12-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Objective “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” can be applied in pediatric dentistry to reduce the risk of early childhood caries (ECC). Prevention can bring revolutionary change in field of ECC, especially by creating awareness among expectant mothers who play a role of primary care­givers in infant\'s oral health. The aim of this study is to evaluate the knowledge and belief of expectant mothers in third trimester about importance of primary teeth and their care. Materials and methods A total of 500 expectant mothers were randomly selected and questionnaire was prepared regarding their approach toward infant oral health care and role of primary teeth in their child\'s life. Results The results of the study indicated that expectant mothers had minimal knowledge about primary teeth and also the role of teeth. In spite of this poor knowledge, the results also revealed that most expectant mothers were also eager to know information regarding children\'s teeth. Conclusion Implementing educational awareness about primary teeth and their importance can bring change in mindset of expectant mothers, thus decreasing risk for ECC. How to cite this article Mishra P, Marwah N, Sharma A, Thejavinuo, Padiyar B. Evaluation of the Knowledge and Belief of Expectant Mothers in Their Last Trimester about Importance of Primary Teeth and Their Care. J Mahatma Gandhi Univ Med Sci Tech 2017;2(3):143-147.


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