Toothpaste Utilization Profiles among Preschool Children 212-215
Dr. Darshana Bennad,
Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sree Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital,
SAHE University, Agalkote, Tumkur â€“ 572107, India.
Phone: 9164984840, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: Oral healthcare for pre-school children is given due priority, as their oral health will determine the oral health status of future generations. Generally, the type, frequency and quantity of toothpaste used by children are based purely on parental preferences.
Methodology: A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted among mothers of preschool children by using a questionnaire.
Results: Sixty two percent (n=154) mothers started brushing their childrenâ€™s teeth more than one year after eruption of their teeth. A majority of the mothers used adult toothpaste to brush their childrenâ€™s teeth and supervised their children while brushing. Fiftytwo percent mothers were aware about presence of fluoride in tooth paste but its clinical significance. Half the mothers applied full length of tooth paste to their childrenâ€™s brushes and most mothers made their children brush their teeth twice daily.
Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, it appears that there is still much lack of awareness on the proper guidelines on the selection and usage of toothpastes in children. Dental professionals should use this knowledge to help and motivate parents to properly supervise and assist their childrenâ€™s brushing, with the goal of reducing the potential risk of fluorosis.