KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF MOTHERS REGARDING ORAL HYGIENE AND DENTAL CARIES AMONG CHILDREN
Aim of the study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of mothers relating to oral hygiene and caries in children aged 6 months-12 years. It was a cross sectional study carried out amongst mothers seen in Teaching Hospital of University College of Dentistry, Lahore from January to April 2018. Modified questionnaire partly adapted from another similar study was administered. A total of 148 mothers participated in the study. 49% mothers were aware that their children had caries. 48% mothers did not have any knowledge if caries was a transmittable disease. 51% mothers were aware of brushing their childrens teeth till age 7 but 72% mothers were not practicing it. 91% mothers had knowledge of tooth brushing twice a day. About 55% mothers did not share utensils with their children. Approximately 66% were aware that bedtime bottle feeding should not be done. Inspite of having knowledge that high sugar intake causes caries, 59% mothers reported adding sugary products in their children's milk. This study depicts good knowledge but negative attitude and practice of mothers related to oral hygiene.