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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-37

Parental and family influences on dental treatment need among school children from north Bengaluru: A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. R Murali
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Bengaluru - 562 157, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: Self Funded study approved by the ethical committee board of Krishnadevaraya college of dental sciences and hospital., Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2319-5932.153565

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Introduction: Very few studies have documented the relative significant factors that assess the parents and their family status that can have some impact towards dental treatment needs. Aim: To assess the burden of dental caries among children aged 8-14 years in relation to parental influence and family characteristics from North Bengaluru. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional epidemiological survey was carried out on 1216 school children aged 8 years to 14 years. Children were examined in schools and data comprised information about dental caries status. Structured questionnaires were given to parents to collect information regarding their socioenvironmental and family characteristics. Student's t-test on metric parameters and Chi-square/Fisher for study parameters between two or more groups were used. Results: In families where the average monthly income <6000/-, decayed, missing, and filled teeth was proportionately lower in comparison to decayed, missing, and filled surfaces which were higher. Conclusions: The socioeconomic status, which is primarily influenced by parental factors and family structure, have a definite role in dental needs of children from underprivileged background. Dental health program should aim to reduce the gross inequalities in the oral health status of these children and their families.


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