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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 285-289

Awareness of night brushing and its importance in oral health in parents and among their children

Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, M.R. Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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P Akhil
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, M.R. Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru - 560 005, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/jiaphd.jiaphd_32_20

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Background: One of the goals of a pediatric dentist is providing awareness among children and their parents about oral hygiene and health. Night brushing is an important step in the prevention of plaque accumulation and caries and is inevitable in maintaining good oral health. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the awareness of importance of night brushing and its significance on oral health among parents and their children aged 3–13 years in East Bangalore, Karnataka. Materials and Methods: Sample of 300 children was divided into three age range groups, and each group was subdivided into five socioeconomic strata (SES). Separate questionnaires, which were validated by pediatric dentists, were used to record data from the child and the parent. Descriptive analysis of all the explanatory and outcome parameters was done using mean and standard deviation for quantitative variables, frequency, and proportions for categorical variables. SPSS for Windows version 22.0 was used to perform statistical analyses, and the value of P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: There is an increase in awareness about night brushing in all SES due to increased educational standards and influences of social media and advertisements, but the frequency of practicing the same is questionable. The total child awareness scores in Class I SES demonstrated that 3–6-year age group showed a significant difference as compared with 7–10-year age group (P < 0.001) and 11–13-year age group (P = 0.003). In Class II, 3–6-year age group showed a greater awareness as compared to 7–10-year age group (P = 0.02) and total parent awareness scores in Class III and Class V demonstrated that 3–6-year age group showed significant differences with 7–10-year age group and 11–13-year age group. Conclusion: The awareness of the importance of night brushing is an essential factor affecting oral health. The extent of awareness varies in different SES among the various age groups of children and their parents.

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