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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 233-236

Oral Health Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Caretakers in Baby Day Care Centres of Bangalore City

1 Hitkarini Dental College & Hospital, Jabalpur, India
2 S R M Dental College & Hospital, Chennai, India
3 Oxford Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, India
4 V S Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, India

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Aim: This study was designed to assess the oral health knowledge, attitude, practice of caretakers and to gather information on feeding and oral hygiene habits of children in baby day care centres of Bangalore city. Settings and Design: A descriptive cross-sectional study using self-administered questionnaire conducted at day care centres of Bangalore city. Methods and Material: Data was gathered on the number and location of all baby day care centres from a telephone directory of Bangalore city. All the caretakers who provided written consent for participation were included in the study. A total of 260 caretakers completed a 60 point self-administered questionnaire. SPSS Version 13 was used to obtain descriptive statistics. Results: A Child's dental visit need not be scheduled until the need arises according to 32.93% of the caretakers. Irregular visits to the dentist were found to be common, and 24.39% said toothache was the major driving factor for the dental visits. Troublesome children were bottle fed during naptime by 20.33% caretakers. Fifty one percent of caretakers make the children rinse their mouths' with water after they had food whereas; only 2.03% caretakers make the children brush their teeth. Conclusions: The results of this study indicated that caretaker's attitude towards oral health care needs is far from acceptable standards to bare any positive impact on the children.

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