Journal of Dental Research and Review

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 44--48

Pediatrician's knowledge and practice of early childhood caries and infant oral health in southern Saudi Arabia


Shreyas Tikare1, Alezi Braimoh Eroje1, Rafi Ahmed Togoo2, Saeed Mohammad Marzoq3, Saad Mohammad Alkhammah3, Mashhour Mohammad Alshahrani3, Ahmad Awad Alshahrani3, KS Ravi2 
1 Department of Periodontics and Community Dental Sciences, Division of Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Pedodontics and Orthodontic Dental Sciences, Division of Pedodontics, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
3 Practicing Dentist, Ministry of Health Polyclinic, Asir, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Shreyas Tikare
Department of Periodontics and Community Dental Sciences, Division of Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha
Saudi Arabia

Background: It is already known that infants and children are more vulnerable to oral and dental problems. Published literature has shown a high prevalence of early childhood caries (ECC) worldwide, including Saudi Arabia. Aim: This study aims to assess pediatrician's knowledge and practice about ECC and infant oral health in Abha-Khamis. Methodology: This cross-sectional study used a structured and pretested questionnaire. The study population included all the pediatricians practicing in the city of Abha-Khamis. Results: A total of 61 pediatricians completed the questionnaire. Most pediatricians (80%) were in agreement that white spots/lines on tooth surface were the first signs of tooth decay. Only 21% of the pediatricians agreed that only bottled-fed babies are affected by ECC while 72% disagrees, and 6.6% were not sure. Nearly half of the respondents (55%) were aware of the recommended age for prescribing fluoridated toothpaste. Most pediatricians (75%) had correct knowledge regarding the recommended child's first dental visit. The results suggest that most pediatricians (95%) performed routine visual examination of the oral cavity, 75% reported to have routinely conducted parental counseling regarding diet and oral hygiene practices, and majority of the practitioners (93%) often make referrals to dental clinics. Conclusions: Pediatricians in Abha-Khamis have good knowledge regarding ECC and infant oral health. Majority of the pediatricians had no formal training regarding oral health in the medical curriculum yet they conducted a routine oral examination and made dental referrals in their practice. Coordinated efforts between the dentists and pediatricians can effectively address oral health issues among the children.


How to cite this article:
Tikare S, Eroje AB, Togoo RA, Marzoq SM, Alkhammah SM, Alshahrani MM, Alshahrani AA, Ravi K S. Pediatrician's knowledge and practice of early childhood caries and infant oral health in southern Saudi Arabia.J Dent Res Rev 2019;6:44-48


How to cite this URL:
Tikare S, Eroje AB, Togoo RA, Marzoq SM, Alkhammah SM, Alshahrani MM, Alshahrani AA, Ravi K S. Pediatrician's knowledge and practice of early childhood caries and infant oral health in southern Saudi Arabia. J Dent Res Rev [serial online] 2019 [cited 2022 May 19 ];6:44-48
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