International Journal of Applied Dental Sciences
2017, Vol. 3 Issue 4, Part D
Assessment of knowledge of parents towards paediatric dental traumatic injuries
AUTHOR(S): Dr. Umangi Parikh and Dr. Kisha Shah
A high percentage of children with dental trauma present late for treatment, possibly because of lack of awareness and knowledge among related adults, resulting in unfavourable long-term prognosis. Forty-one percent of dental injuries occur at home, so parents play an important role in appropriate decision making. The aim of the present study is an evaluation of parental knowledge of and attitude towards dental traumatic injuries in children.
Materials & Methods: Approximately 1000 parents accompanying children seeking dental treatment at the Department of Paediatric Dentistry. The present study was a descriptive, questionnaire study. The questionnaire was composed of different objective type questions for the assessment of parental knowledge of and attitude towards emergency management of paediatric dental traumatic injuries.
Results: Parents who belongs to higher age groups significantly (p≤0.05) given answer that they should Visit a Dentist instead of other places. Parents who had better education think that they will put the tooth back into socket in compare to who are unemployed and had primary education, and this association was found to be highly statistically significant. (p≤0.05). Majority of the parents who belongs to lower socioeconomic status significantly believed that tooth cannot be save once come out of the socket.
Discussion & Results: The role of education in improving parents’ knowledge of both first aid and dental first aid has been previously documented. The fact that education improved the overall ability of the parent to deal with dental trauma was a significant observation in our study. This has implications for public health professions across the region. There is a need to improve education of parents towards the management of dental trauma.
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How to cite this article:
Dr. Umangi Parikh, Dr. Kisha Shah. Assessment of knowledge of parents towards paediatric dental traumatic injuries. Int J Appl Dent Sci 2017;3(4):230-233.