Al-Sehaibany, Fares S., Alajlan, Reem, Almubarak, Danah, Almaflehi, Nassr, Aljabaa, Aljazi, and Barakati, Sahar F. Al
Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry. Annual, 2018, Vol. 10, p123, 5 p.
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Introduction One of the most common dental problems seen in children is injury to both primary and permanent dentition and supporting structures, typically caused by accidental falls. (1,2) Such injuries [...] Objective: This study investigated the knowledge of Saudi mothers regarding the management of traumatic dental injuries (TDIs) in children. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study using structured questionnaires was employed for mothers chosen by stratified-cluster random sampling technique from primary health care centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, over a period of 12 months (July 2016-June 2017). The questionnaire surveyed mothers' background and knowledge on management of tooth fracture and avulsion using photographs of TDI cases. Results: The sample consisted of 3,367 Saudi mothers. More than half of the mothers (55.3%) gave the correct response, which was to send the child with tooth fracture immediately to the dentist (p<0.01). The majority of mothers (41.6%) gave the correct response for the immediate mode of action, which was to save the avulsed tooth in storage medium and send the child to the dentist immediately (p<0.001). However, they prioritized the immediate management of TDIs, and most reported saline as a suitable storage medium (p<0.001). The mothers expressed a positive interest in further education. Conclusion: Educational programs and TDI protocols must be implemented to increase mothers' awareness and improve the prognosis of children with TDIs. Keywords: mothers, knowledge, traumatic dental injuries