Determining the Knowledge, Awareness and Perception of Parents toward Space Maintainers in Taif city: A Cross Sectional Questionnaire Study

Author(s): Omar Ibrahim Alotaibi*, Devanna Raghu, Amit HV, Meshari Saeed Alzharani, Bheema S Manasali

Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, awareness and perception of parents towards the use of space maintainers in Taif city. Settings & Design: A cross sectional study was planned to randomly select parents from the city of Taif aged between 20 years to 60 years. Materials & Methods: An online google form based questionnaires in Arabic was distributed by e-mail to the parents to explore their demographic data as well as their awareness and perception towards space maintainers. Statistical Analysis: All the responses collected were analysed using SPSS Version 21.0. Demographic data were described using frequencies and percentage. Responses to questionnaire were subjected to Chi square test, with level of significance set at p<0.05. Demographic variables also have been crossed with responses to check their statistical significance. Results: The frequency and percentages for the gender, age group and education level for the study sample showed female participation to 92.7%, age group of participation around 62.5% within age range of 20-40 and bachelor level of education of samples to around 55.4%. All the questionnaires related to the study showed a p value of less than and were statistically significant. Conclusion: The parents of Taif city are aware of the importance of primary teeth and their maintenance. But they are unaware and show relatively less perception related to the space maintainers and their use in facilitating permanent dentition, their maintenance, and benefits.


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