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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.
“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.
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.
Implementing educational awareness about primary teeth and their importance can bring change in mindset of expectant mothers, thus decreasing risk for ECC.
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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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