Published: 2018-11-26

Awareness and attitude of Saudi parents towards pulp therapy of the primary teeth: survey based study

Mashael Monzer Tayeb, AlHanouf Ali AlSaif, Alaa Eidan AlZahrani, Buthayna Abdullah AlJuhani, Shahzeb Hasan Ansari


Background: Some parents believe that it’s not worth to treat and spend money on this tooth because they will shed after all. Many of them are not aware that primary dentition should be maintained in the dental arch in a healthy state for the overall health of the child.

Methods: The survey included questions related to demographics, such as gender and educational level. Further investigative questions included the need of pulp therapy in primary teeth, knowledge about pulp treatment, importance of pulp treatment, number of dental visits, reason of dental visit, filling of carious tooth and preference of pulp therapy.

Results: The total number of questionnaires filled by participants was n=736. Out of which, 104 (14%) were males and 632 (86%) females. As far as the educational levels were concerned, 81 (11%) had completed primary school, 110 (15%) had completed high school and 545 (74%) were graduates from university.

Conclusions: Overall there was no statistically significant difference between the subgroups of gender and educational level.


Pulp therapy, Parental perceptions, Primary dentition

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