Category: Dental Treatment

Category: Dental Treatment

Parental Awareness In Paediatric Dentistry

Oral health in children plays a vital role as it lays down the foundation for healthy adult teeth. Maintenance of oral hygiene should start before the first tooth erupts, and parents play a very important role in influencing their children’s oral health.


The parents with proper oral health knowledge and attitude are likely to positively influence their children’s oral health.

For example, if parents brush twice a day in front of their children they will be spontaneously encouraged to brush twice daily.


Most of the parents are unaware of the consequences of the dental issues of their child that is ignored commonly.

Children with poor oral hygiene develop early childhood caries which is the most serious and expensive ill health condition if ignored.


Parents usually have a thought that the baby teeth with caries will anyways fall and new teeth will erupt. They are unaware of the causes, the preventive care and treatments of early childhood caries and consequences if left untreated and their child’s health becomes compromised at the end.

Not only with regards to early childhood caries, but children are also developing misaligned teeth and improper placement of jaws in their later years of age due to ignorance in childhood. Most of the teens are having a lack of confidence and facing lots of struggles due to poor dental esthetic appearances as it becomes late for treatment at that stage.

When parents really concern and rush to a hospital if their children suffer from flu and other medical illness, this is to bring awareness among them that the dental issues can also be a major cause for compromised medical conditions.

A parent’s knowledge about their kid’s oral health and its importance and awareness are present but are insufficient.

Your child’s oral health is the basic foundation of his/her overall good health!!!

Why public seek dental treatment as a last resort in India?

In the entire world there are three categories of countries – Developed , developing and under developed based on the global economic scenario . You might think why am I talking about this in this context?  Do we have some link in this regard to dentistry? Yes definitely there is a strong link cited in the Scandinavian  countries with scientific literature that developed countries take preventive attention to teeth much more than therapeutic attention .

The reason cited in developed countries is that their education background is much better and because of this more awareness to health and they have a better socio-economic balance in the country as a whole .  So the government itself is self-sufficient and people living are self sufficient for their basic needs and health care. Because of the above cited reason a lot of research and awareness activity is carried out in dentistry pertaining to preventive care . That is why they focus more on preventive care than therapeutic care .

In developing and under developing countries like India , China and African countries,  we are the other way round. We are more in the process of getting our basic needs balanced . So people get basic health access only when the problem arises, hence most of them resort at the last movement . Moreover teeth is considered as the most non-important organ in the body even though it is the most utilized organ in the body on a day to day basis . So public please take care of your teeth with a good dentist regularly and make teeth life simpler and healthier.

Note :  God’s given teeth for any reason cannot be matched by your dentist given teeth “

So , again I repeat    “ Take care of your teeth“ .