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Int Poster J Dent Oral Med 15 (2013), No. 1     15. Mar. 2013

Int Poster J Dent Oral Med 2013, Vol 15 No 1, Poster 639

Parental knowledge regarding first permanent molar of children in Bucharest

Language: English

Dr. Ruxandra Sfeatcu, Adina Dumitrache, Dr. Ana Petre, Dan Lambescu, Carmen Elena Georgescu, Marian Cuculescu, Ecaterina Ionescu,
Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania

April 28th - May 1st 2011
16th Congress of the Balkan Stomatological Society
Bucharest, Romania


First permanent molar is recognized as the most important tooth in the arch; its early loss generates morphological and functional disorders. Cultural and educational models provided by parents have a decisive significance in shaping the child's oral health behaviour.


To assess the parenteral knowledge regarding first permanent molar.

Material and Methods

  • A self-administered questionnaire with 10 items was distributed among 240 parents, in october 2010;
  • Demografic information;
  • Knowledge regarding erupting age and place of the first permanent molar;
  • Knowledge regarding methods of tooth decay prevention;
  • Sources of oral health information;
  • Test group: Parents of children in 4 randomly selected kindergartens in Bucharest.


  • Rate of responsiveness 87.5%;
  • Parents aged between 26-35 years;
  • 88% females and 12% males;
  • 63.3% have education higher than secondary school level.
Fig. 1: Knowledge about erupting age of first permanent molar Fig. 2: Place of erupting for the first permanent molar
Fig. 3: Methods of preventing tooth decay
Fig. 4: Sources of information


The relatively low level of parental knowledge and low awareness of preventive methods indicated a need for them to receive accurate information about factors influencing the oral health of preschool children in Bucharest, Romania.


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This Poster was submitted by Dr. Ruxandra Sfeatcu.

Correspondence address:
Dr. Ruxandra Sfeatcu
University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila
31, Anton Pann str.