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Knowledge, Attitude, and Awareness of Parents on Bruxism in Children: A questionnaire Study

Deepa Gurunathan, Saranya Varadarajan, Thodur M Balaji

Keywords : Awareness, Bruxism, Children, Knowledge, Parents

Citation Information : Gurunathan D, Varadarajan S, Balaji TM. Knowledge, Attitude, and Awareness of Parents on Bruxism in Children: A questionnaire Study. World J Dent 2024; 15 (2):161-167.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-2323

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 02-04-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Aim: The present study was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice of parents regarding bruxism in their children. Materials and methods: This cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted with 1,065 participants comprising 26 questions, of which eight were demographically related, and 18 were related to the knowledge, attitude, and awareness of the condition. The questionnaire was conducted with Google Forms on the online platform. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to compare the obtained data. Results: Around 48.9% of parents had reported that bruxism is clenching or grinding the teeth tightly. Parents of male children had better knowledge of the condition. Similarly, knowledge increased with an increase in birth order. Parents who were not working had better knowledge of the condition. Conclusion: The knowledge of parents on bruxism is insufficient and could be enhanced by conducting camps, lectures, and social media posts. Clinical significance: The results of the study shed light on the fact that increasing awareness of bruxism would aid in early diagnosis of the condition and prevent complications such as loss of tooth structure, temporomandibular joint disorders, and improved sleep patterns in children.

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