Knowledge, attitude and practice of oral health promoting factors among caretakers of children attending day-care centers in Kubang Kerian, Malaysia: a preliminary study

Mani, S.A. and Aziz, A.A. and John, J. and Ismail, N.M. (2010) Knowledge, attitude and practice of oral health promoting factors among caretakers of children attending day-care centers in Kubang Kerian, Malaysia: a preliminary study. Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, 28 (2). pp. 78-83. ISSN 09704388, DOI


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Background and Aim: The role of caretakers at day-care centers has become more imperative in promoting oral health care in children since many new mothers opt to work outside their homes, leaving their children at day-care centers. The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of oral health promoting factors among secondary caretakers of children attending day-care centers. Settings and Design: This was a cross-sectional exploratory study conducted among secondary caretakers in Kubang Kerian, Malaysia. Materials and Methods: Thirty-four caretakers fulfilling the inclusion and exclusion criteria participated in the study. The data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire addressing various aspects of knowledge, attitude and practice of oral health in children. Analysis was done using SPSS version 12.0. Results: The knowledge of factors causing dental caries was found to be good among majority of the caretakers, but the concepts of transmissibility of caries and effect of hidden sugars were not evident. Seventy one percent did not know that frequent bottle feeding could cause tooth decay. Attitudes seemed to be governed by the cultural practices of the region rather than the knowledge obtained. The knowledge was not translated to practice adequately. Giving sweetened liquid in bottles was practiced by 53 of the caretakers. Conclusion: Implementation of nursery-based oral health promotion programs for secondary caretakers is needed to counteract early childhood caries.

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Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996): 2 Export Date: 9 October 2012 Source: Scopus PubMed ID: 20660972 Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Mani, S. 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Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitude caretakers early childhood caries infant oral health knowledge oral health promotion practice adult article attitude to health caregiver cross-sectional study day care dental health education female human infant Malaysia pilot study preschool child psychological aspect questionnaire Caregivers Child Day Care Centers Child, Preschool Cross-Sectional Studies Health Education, Dental Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Humans Pilot Projects Questionnaires
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of General Dental Practice And Oral & Maxillofacial Imaging
Depositing User: Ms Nursyafiqah Abd Malek
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 02:45
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2012 02:45

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