Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry                           
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8--11

Prevalence of pacifier use and the impact of maternal education and regularity of dental visits on the age of pacifier withdrawal


Ateet Ashok Kakti, Ayat Salman Alabdullah, Abrar Alahmed, Zainab Alhowajji, Eman Alswailem, Hanan Alhassan 
 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Preventive division, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Ateet Ashok Kakti
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Preventive division, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of pacifier use among Saudi children and analyze the effects of maternal education and dental visits on the age of pacifier withdrawal. Methods: The dental histories of mothers of 300 children with age group of 2–7 years were obtained along with their educational level, frequency of dental checkups, and age of pacifier withdrawal. Data were analyzed using the cross-tabulation and Chi-square tests. Results: Forty percent (n = 133) of the children used pacifier. There was an effect of maternal education on the age of pacifier withdrawal: higher the maternal education, younger the age of pacifier withdrawal. The frequency of dental visits influenced the relationship between maternal education and age of pacifier withdrawal. Conclusions: Unhealthy oral habits such as prolonged pacifier use can be reduced with regular dental checkups and higher levels of mother education. Hence, we recommend that children should start dental visits at an early age and maintain visits at regular intervals.


How to cite this article:
Kakti AA, Alabdullah AS, Alahmed A, Alhowajji Z, Alswailem E, Alhassan H. Prevalence of pacifier use and the impact of maternal education and regularity of dental visits on the age of pacifier withdrawal.J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2019;37:8-11


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Kakti AA, Alabdullah AS, Alahmed A, Alhowajji Z, Alswailem E, Alhassan H. Prevalence of pacifier use and the impact of maternal education and regularity of dental visits on the age of pacifier withdrawal. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Jul 17 ];37:8-11
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