The Correlation between Oral Health Knowledge & Attitude towards Practice of Caretakers in Day-Care Centres
Modernization has made young children to spend most of their time in day-care centres as their mothers are working outside the home. Hence, the role of caretaker has become more important in the daily diet and oral health care of children. The objective of this study is to assess the oral health knowledge, attitude and practice among caretakers in day-care centres. A cross-sectional study among 54 caretakers aged 18 and above was conducted in Kuantan. The data was collected using a self-administered questionnaire addressing aspects of oral health knowledge, attitude and practice of caretakers. The results were analyzed by descriptive and Spearman correlation coefficient tests. The participants were mainly Malay ladies and 16.7% had university education. The knowledge of sugary food causing dental caries was found good for all caretakers; however, 48.1% of them do not know the important about filling the teeth of their children. Preliminary analysis was performed and followed by Spearman correlation coefficient analysis. Correlation between attitude and practice was weak (rho=0.29, p0.05). The caretakers had good oral health knowledge but it did not reflect in their attitude and practices. The action must be based on knowledge, and that knowledge must produce action. As Abu Bakr (R.A) said, “without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.” The Arabic term ‘ilm translates to knowledge, but the word has a broader definition than its English counterpart. ‘Ilm encompasses theory, action, and education whereas in English, knowledge is defined as merely the awareness of facts, truths, and principles.
How to Cite
All material submitted for publication is assumed to be submitted exclusively to the IIUM Medical Journal Malaysia (IMJM) unless the contrary is stated. Manuscript decisions are based on a double-blinded peer review process. The Editor retains the right to determine the style and if necessary, edit and shorten any material accepted for publication.
IMJM retain copyright to all the articles published in the journal. All final ‘proof’ submissions must be accompanied by a completed Copyright Assignment Form, duly signed by all authors. The author(s) or copyright owner(s) irrevocably grant(s) to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the research article in its entirety or in part, in any format or medium, provided that no substantive errors are introduced in the process, proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details are given, and that the bibliographic details are not changed. If the article is reproduced or disseminated in part, this must be clearly and unequivocally indicated.