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Relationofmother’s knowledgeabout dentalandoralhealthcarewithkindergarten student’s dental caries status (Hubungan pengetahuan ibu tentang pemeliharaan kesehatan gigi dan mulut dengan status karies gigi murid taman kanak-kanak)

Ayub I. Anwar

Ayub I. Anwar
Department of Dental Public Health Faculty of Dentistry Hasanuddin University Makassar, Indonesia. Email: ayubanwar_mks@yahoo.com
Online First: February 28, 2015 | Cite this Article
Anwar, A. 2015. Relationofmother’s knowledgeabout dentalandoralhealthcarewithkindergarten student’s dental caries status (Hubungan pengetahuan ibu tentang pemeliharaan kesehatan gigi dan mulut dengan status karies gigi murid taman kanak-kanak). Journal of Dentomaxillofacial Science 14(1): 19-24. DOI:10.15562/jdmfs.v14i1.420


Dental caries is one of the most frequent tooth decays experienced by pre-school children which can interfere with their
growth process
. Maintenance instructions for oral health at home have been made byexperts. Theprogramemphasizes the
prevention of caries. Parental participation is necessary in guiding, giving understanding, reminding, and providing the
facilities to children so they can maintain the cleanliness of their teeth and mouth. The purpose of this observational
analytic cross sectional study was to determine the relation of mothers' knowledge of dental and oral health care and
dental caries status of students at
Kusudarsini Kindergarten in Makassar. Research subjects consisted of 33 kindergarten
students who attended and participated in the study and returned questionnaire study. Pearson correlation test was used
to see the correlation. Correlation between the mother's knowledge and the value of df-t, showed r = -0.263 and p =0.133,
which means there is no statistically significant relationship between knowledge of mothers with dental caries status of
children. This study concluded that there is no significant relationship between mothers' knowledge of dental and oral
health with their children’s caries status. The better the mother's knowledge, the lower df-t value.

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