Saima Sultan, Tasneem S. Ain, Owais Gowhar
BACKGROUND A variety of toothpastes are available in the market, however proper knowledge and choice of fluoride toothpastes to be used is important in children for better oral health care. Parents especially mothers should be aware of type, frequency and quantity of toothpastes which has to be used by children. METHODS This is a cross sectional questionnaire-based study conducted randomly among mothers of preschool children of both sexes in the 3-5 years age group who visited different private dental clinics in Srinagar city (Kashmir J & K). 10 self-administered questions were used for interviewing mothers that included frequency of tooth brushing by their child, use and knowledge of fluoride toothpaste by their children. RESULTS Overall knowledge with regard to recommended fluoride concentration in the child’s toothpaste among mothers was found to be less. 96% of the mothers did not know the advantages and disadvantages of fluoride. And overall poor knowledge was found among mothers regarding the toothpaste use for their children. CONCLUSIONS Based on the findings of this study, it shows that there is lack of awareness regarding dental health issue among parents. Emphasis should be made towards educating the mothers regarding importance of oral hygiene practices.