Journal of Community Health

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 880–884 | Cite as

Parental Knowledge of Pre-school Child Oral Health

  • Anand PrabhuEmail author
  • Arun Prasad Rao
  • Venugopal Reddy
  • Syed Shaheed Ahamed
  • Shameer Muhammad
  • Shanmugam Thayumanavan
Original Paper


The dental health of preschool children has extensive implications on the oral heath of the individual as he grows into an adult. Parents/guardians of preschool children play a central role in enforcing proper oral hygiene and preventive regime in these children. This study was conducted with the aim of describing the views of parents/guardians about the dental health of pre-school children. Response was obtained on a 21 point questionnaire from randomly visiting parents of the outpatient section of Rajah Muthiah dental college and Hospital, Annamalainagar, India. The findings of the present study point towards poor awareness among the parents/guardians of preschool children, pertaining to their childs’ oral health and this could directly translate to poor oral health among the children in this area.


Preschool child Dental caries Fluoride Primary teeth 



The author wishes to acknowledge Dr. Balakrishnan, Dr. Sindhiya, Porkodi, Nandhini, Dr. Felix, Sadanand Prabhu and Tharabai for their timely assistance for smooth conductance of the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anand Prabhu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Arun Prasad Rao
    • 1
  • Venugopal Reddy
    • 1
  • Syed Shaheed Ahamed
    • 1
  • Shameer Muhammad
    • 1
  • Shanmugam Thayumanavan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Rajah Muthiah Dental College and HospitalAnnamalai UniversityChidambaramIndia

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