Parental Awareness and Knowledge toward their Children\'s Oral Health in the City of Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Fatimah Saud Alshammari, Rehab Ali Alshammari, Motieah Hathal Alshammari, Malak Farraj Alshammari, Azhar Khairallah Alibrahim, Faisal Abdullah Al sineedi, Khlood Abdulkader Alkurdi, Abdullah Faraj Alshammari
Dammam region, Dental health, Parental awareness, Saudi Arabia
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Alshammari FS, Alshammari RA, Alshammari MH, Alshammari MF, Alibrahim AK, Al sineedi FA, Alkurdi KA, Alshammari AF. Parental Awareness and Knowledge toward their Children\'s Oral Health in the City of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2021; 14 (1):100-103.
Introduction: Two main factors have a great influence on the youth\'s oral well-being. These are their dental health and age. These two factors are significantly directed by parents through establishing a system of proper oral hygiene and a preventative routine for those young adults.
Aim and objective: The following study was run in the Dammam region, Saudi Arabia, to assess guardian awareness of youngster\'s dental health.
Materials and methods: This community-based study was designed in a cross-sectional pattern, where a sample size of 248 parents who fulfilled inclusion criteria was selected and a well-designed validated questionnaire was used for the collected database using SPSS (VER. 24).
Results: The main found included that, about 51% of participants were fathers and 49% were mothers, 90% of them above the age of 26 years old and most of the participants had a secondary certificate or university degree, 38% and 45%, respectively, only 64% of parents have checked their children teeth, the average of overall knowledge of parents toward dental health was medium 7.97 points out of 16.0 points and there was a statistically significant relationship between parents type, educational level, and overall knowledge related to oral health.
Conclusion: From our study, it was acknowledged that the perception of children\'s oral health status by their parents in the Dammam region is relatively medium, so general awareness of parents’ knowledge should be raised by conducting effective oral health programs and interventions.
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