Oral Health of Pre-School Aged Children in Dhanbad District, Jharkhand, India- A Peek into their Motherís AttitudeCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Gunjan Kumar,
Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences, KIIT University,Bhubaneswar,Odisha, India.
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Introduction: Mothers are directly responsible for the dental health of their children and play a major role in shaping the dental health behaviors of their children. They also play an important role in preventing oral diseases in them.
Objective: To assess the level of attitude of mothers in relation to their pre-school aged children, which in turn can influence the level of oral health.
Method: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 312 mothers, selected randomly from eight blocks of Dhanbad district, Jharkhand, India. They were administered with a structured questionnaire on attitude, by an interviewer.
Results: The overall data indicated that the attitude of mothers about oral health in their pre-school children increased as their age increased which was not statistically significant (p>.066). Mothers who had less than higher secondary school education and belonged to socio-economically lower groups had poor knowledge of oral health which was statistically significant (p<.001).
Conclusion: Mothers should be motivated so that their attitude about their childís oral health is enhanced which in turn would improve their oral health related quality of life.
Attitude, Oral health, Pre-school children
Gunjan Kumar,Dhirendra Kumar Singh, Md.Jalaluddin,
C.L.Dileep,Purnendu Rout,Rajat Mohanty . ORAL HEALTH OF PRE-SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN IN DHANBAD DISTRICT, JHARKHAND, INDIA- A PEEK INTO THEIR MOTHERíS ATTITUDE. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2013 September [cited: 2018 Feb 24 ]; 7:2060-2062. Available from
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
Date of Submission: Jul 05, 2013
Date of Peer Review: Jul 26, 2013
Date of Acceptance: Aug 11, 2013
Date of Publishing: Sept 10, 2013
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