Mothers Awareness of their Children's Dental Status: A Study among a Group of Mothers of Children Diagnosed with Early Childhood Caries

  • Sumer M. Alaki King Abdulaziz University
  • Sara M. Bagher King Abdulaziz University
Keywords: Early childhood caries; Mothers' awareness, Dental education.

Abstract

Mothers' dental awareness has an important impact on their children's oral health and oral health-related behavior. The aim was to evaluate mothers awareness of their childrens dental health status and assessing the effect of different socio-demographic variables on their awareness. A total of 124 healthy children diagnosed to have caries were included together with their mothers. The mothers answered a self administrated questionnaire regarding different socio-demographic variables, their children dental status and dental history. Most of the mothers included were aware of their childrens dental status; 70 (56.5%) were aware that their children have caries. Significantly, more Saudi mothers were aware that their children have caries compared to non Saudi mothers (p = 0.04). Working mothers were also significantly more aware (p = 0.007). Most of the mothers 90 (65.3%) reported that they did not take their child to a dentist before and in those who did, pain was the main cause of their children first dental visit. Significantly, Saudi working mothers and higher (p = 0.037) percentage of mothers who took their child to a dentist were aware of their child dental status.  

Author Biographies

Sumer M. Alaki, King Abdulaziz University
Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Sara M. Bagher, King Abdulaziz University
Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Published
2013-03-27
How to Cite
Alaki, S. M., & Bagher, S. M. (2013). Mothers Awareness of their Children’s Dental Status: A Study among a Group of Mothers of Children Diagnosed with Early Childhood Caries. Journal of King Abdulaziz University - Medical Sciences, 20(1), 65-79. https://doi.org/10.4197/Med.20-1.5
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