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IJMDC. 2022; 6(4): 544-549

Infant oral healthcare: a survey of general dentists, pediatric dentists, and pediatricians in Saudi Arabia

Fouad Hassan Althobaiti, Alanod Klfallah S. Alnemari, Rahaf Saeed M. Alqahtani, Nora Talal A. Nashar, Amnah Abdulkarim M. Alzahrani, Salem Klfallah S. Alnemari.


Oral and dental care during infancy could largely influence dental health in adulthood. Good oral care and hygiene could prevent multiple dental complications, as well as tooth loss. Thus, this survey aimed to study dental and pediatric practitioners' knowledge and attitudes in Saudi Arabia towards infants' dental and oral care.
The study used a self-administered questionnaire, which was distributed online to general dentists, pediatric dentists, and pediatricians. The questionnaire included three sections. The first section collected demographic information, while the second section measured the level of knowledge, and the third section evaluated the attitudes.
Four hundred practitioners responded to survey in this study. Of them, 47.8% were in the age group between 24 to 34 years old, and 31.5% were practicing in the Western province. Also, 58.5% were general dentists. As for the knowledge section, the average score was 1.4±0.9. As for attitude, the average score was 7.1±2.4. Practitioners aging above 45 years old (p-value

Key words: Infants, oral, dental, hygiene, care, dentists, pediatrician, Saudi Arabia.

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