Original Article

Mather’s behavior and motivations for children oral health care in the Ammatoa Tribe of Kajang-Bulukumba, South Sulawesi-Indonesia

Yudha Rahina , Rasmidar Samad, Nursyamsi Djamaluddin, Surwandi Waliyanto

Yudha Rahina
Department of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, Mahasaraswati University Denpasar, Indonesia. Email: yudharahina@gmail.com

Rasmidar Samad
Department of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, Hasanudin University, Makassar, Indonesia

Nursyamsi Djamaluddin
Department of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, Hasanudin University, Makassar, Indonesia

Surwandi Waliyanto
Department of Orthodontic, Faculty of Dentistry, Mahasaraswati University, Denpasar, Indonesia
Online First: August 01, 2021 | Cite this Article
Rahina, Y., Samad, R., Djamaluddin, N., Waliyanto, S. 2021. Mather’s behavior and motivations for children oral health care in the Ammatoa Tribe of Kajang-Bulukumba, South Sulawesi-Indonesia. Journal of Dentomaxillofacial Science 6(2): 124-127. DOI:10.15562/jdmfs.v6i2.1240


Objectives: This study aimed to discribe mother’s behavior and motivation in caring of children oral health in Bulukumba District, South Sulawesi. 

Methods: A priliminary study was  conducted  to 18 preschool’s mothers of children  who attend dental health education as health cadres. Data were collected using questionnaires and structured interview. The data were analyzed qualitatively. The motivation data were analyzed by Wilcoxon signed ranks test.

Results: Mother's behavior show good results 11.11%, fair 55.56%, and poor 33.33%. All mothers have good motivation. There is significant diferences motivation before and after  dental health education (p=0.00).

Conclusion: Just a little mothers have good behavior. Dental health care for children has not become a major concern for parents.  All of mother have good motivation to change their unbeneficial behavior of oral health care for their children after having education. 

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