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ORIGINAL STUDY COMPETITION
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 27

OSC44: Knowledge, attitude and practices regarding oro-facial injuries and mouth guards among parents in Kedah, Malaysia


Date of Web Publication31-Oct-2018

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.244636

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. OSC44: Knowledge, attitude and practices regarding oro-facial injuries and mouth guards among parents in Kedah, Malaysia. J Indian Prosthodont Soc 2018;18, Suppl S1:27

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. OSC44: Knowledge, attitude and practices regarding oro-facial injuries and mouth guards among parents in Kedah, Malaysia. J Indian Prosthodont Soc [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Nov 20];18, Suppl S1:27. Available from: http://www.j-ips.org/text.asp?2018/18/5/27/244636



Neeraja Turagam

AIMST University, Kedah, Malaysia

Background: Sporting activities contribute to nearly one-third of all dental injuries. The risk of children getting dental injuries during sports activities can be minimized by using a mouth guard and other oro-facial protective devices. The objectives of this study is to determine knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding oro-facial injuries and mouth guards among parents in Kedah, Malaysia and to create awareness and determine its use and effectiveness in preventing dental injuries.

Material and Method: A cross sectional study using a validated self-completion questionnaire about the knowledge and awareness of common sports played, oro-facial injuries and use of mouth guard in the prevention of injuries, was given to 100 parents having children between age groups 1 to 15 yrs. who visited AIMST Dental Centre. The data was subjected to statistical analysis using chi square analysis.

Results: The study population comprised of parents having 34 (%) male and 66 (%) female child. 68 % of the parents knew about mouth guards while 32 % were unaware. 90 % answered children did not use mouth guard, only 9% children used mouth guards during sports.The attitude and practice regarding the usage of mouth guards was found to be minimal.

Conclusion: Parents acquired knowledge through media on effectiveness of mouth guards, only 9% recommended mandatory use. Lack of usage was due to reduced performance in sport due to improper fitting. Hence, dental organizations should have an advocacy role in promoting and developing such policies in the future.






 

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