PARENTAL AWARENESS ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN’S FIRST DENTAL VISIT AND REASONS FOR THE VISIT

  • Rehab H Allam Lecturer, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, King Saud University College of Dentistry, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Rasha A Al-Dabaan Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, King Saud University College of Dentistry, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Keywords: Children, pediatric dentist, first dental visit, timing of first dental visit

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the awareness of parents about their children’s first dental visit. A total of 114 parents accompanying their children during visits to pediatric dentistry clinics in King Saud University College of Dentistry (KSUCD) participated in the study. A self‑administered questionnaire was utilized to collect information about various aspects of knowledge and attitudes of the parents toward their children’s first dental visit. Only 8.8% of the participants agreed that the child’s first dental visit should be at age one year or earlier. Most of the parents (85.1%) agreed that a child should visit a dentist regularly every 6 months. Whereas, less than half (48.2%) of participants agreed that it is important for a 1-2-year-old child to go for routine dental checkups even if no dental problem exists. Almost half the participants (49.6%) reported not having any barrier preventing them from taking their children to see a dentist. It can be concluded that parents of the Saudi children lack sufficient knowledge about the correct timings for a child’s first dental visit and routine check-up dental visits.

Published
2017-12-31
How to Cite
Allam, R., & Al-Dabaan, R. (2017). PARENTAL AWARENESS ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN’S FIRST DENTAL VISIT AND REASONS FOR THE VISIT. Pakistan Oral & Dental Journal, 37(4), 593-596. Retrieved from http://podj.com.pk/index.php/podj/article/view/24
Section
Pediatric Dentistry