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Preparing a child for the first dental visit: parent’s/guardian’s knowledge, attitude and practice

Sukmasari, Susi and Bin Ahmad Tarmizi, Ahmad Amnan and Nor Aziz Bin Paridul Adras, Fakhrul and Bt. Mohd Kenali, Norzaiti and Bt AB. Halim, Noorhazayti (2021) Preparing a child for the first dental visit: parent’s/guardian’s knowledge, attitude and practice. In: 28th Congress of the IAPD, 10-13 June 2021, Geneva. (Unpublished)

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Introduction: The first dental visit is important to develop good dentist-parent-child relationship in the future. The aim of this research was to assess parent’s/guardian’s knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) in preparing a child for first dental visit. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out within 6 months on 150 participants who brought their children to the Kulliyyah of Dentistry dental polyclinic, IIUM. Validated closed and open-ended questionnaires consisting of parent’s/guardian’s K, A and P were distributed. Pearson correlation was used to analyse the associations, followed by induction-deduction analysis on qualitative data. Results: The significance between K, A and P was P<0.05 with rho between K and A, K and P, and A and P of +0.213, +0.246, +0.406, respectively. Early exposure was given to the children before their first dental treatment explaining the main purpose of going to the dentist and the impact of good oral hygiene towards quality of life, watching videos and pictures describing dental treatment in child-friendly clinic. Skilled dentists, painless, gradually and enjoyable dental treatment were participant’s preferences. As role models for children, parents had taught dental home care, the right attitude of rewarding and not frightening children with dental treatment, as well as supporting school dental programmes. Conclusion: The relationship between K, A and P was significant. However, the associations were fair and very low. The participants experienced and believed that the best approach to prepare children for their first dental visit was early exposure to dental treatment using several methods and choosing a child-friendly dental environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: preparing child, first dental visit, attitude, knowledge, practice
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine
Depositing User: Dr. Susi Sukmasari
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2022 12:14
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2022 12:14
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/100982

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