ISSN: 0975-8798, 0976-156X
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Sunayana Manipal, Anna Joseph, Prabu D, Naveen N, Preethi Adusumilli, Adil Ahmed
Aim: This study aims to investigate oral hygiene and frequency of oral cleaning in children up to 5 years in relation to mother related factors. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study of 250 children aged 1-5 years in Chennai, Tamil Nadu was implemented. Mothers answered questions about their own oral self-care and their children’s oral hygiene. Chi-square test and logistic regression analysis was done. Results: Twice daily oral cleaning was reported for 95% of all children . 92% of the mothers believed it necessary to rinse the mouth between meals and to clean the gum pads even if teeth have not erupted. Oral hygiene was seen to be better in children whose mother’s own brushing frequency was high. It was also seen that mothers with a higher educational level had a better attitude towards their child’s oral hygiene care. Conclusion: To improve oral hygiene in early childhood, more emphasis should be placed on mother’s own tooth brushing practice and their skills in their children’s oral hygiene.
Published Date: 2012-09-30;