Year 2021, Volume 8 , Issue 1, Pages 161 - 173 2021-04-30

Objective: The aim was evaluating oral health related knowledge of a group of senior Child Development students. Materials and Methods: Data of this pilot study were gathered via a structured self-administered questionnaire in 2019, from 76 students with the intention of developing a future cross-sectional study, that would cover all senior students of Child Development Departments in Turkey. Ethical approval and verbal informed consent from students were obtained. Results: The mean age was 22.9±1.8 years; 73 were female. Only 2.3% could define what dental plaque was. Most of them (71.9%) knew the eruption time of first primary tooth but only 16 (21.1%) knew the correct number of primary teeth. Fifty (65.8%) agreed that ‘dental caries of primary teeth is an important issue for the child’. Only 47 (61.8%) stated that children under two years of age could have dental caries. The appropriateness of toothpaste use between 0-2 years of age was understood by 26.3%. Although 68.4% reported they were aware of fluoride, only 5 fully understood the role of fluoride in the prevention of dental caries. Three-fourth reported incorrectly that children between 2 and 6 years should brush their teeth by themselves. Only 2 (2.6%) stated that they had previous education regarding oral health; 11.8% thought their oral health knowledge level was sufficient. However, 97.4% requested more education. Conclusions: The oral health knowledge of the senior Child Development students was not adequate. The present curriculum should be reviewed and lectures on this topic given.
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Journal Section Articles

Orcid: 0000-0002-1743-1881
Author: Elif BALLIKAYA (Primary Author)
Institution: Hacettepe University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Country: Turkey

Orcid: 0000-0001-9796-4348
Author: Şeyma ÖZTÜRK
Institution: Hacettepe University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Country: Turkey

Orcid: 0000-0001-5132-1451
Author: Semra ŞAHİN
Institution: Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Child Development
Country: Turkey

Orcid: 0000-0001-9763-2896
Author: Emine METİN
Institution: Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Child Development.
Country: Turkey

Orcid: 0000-0003-1179-7708
Institution: Hacettepe University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Country: Turkey

Orcid: 0000-0002-9658-2513
Author: Bahar DOĞAN
Institution: Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health
Country: Turkey

Supporting Institution Hacettepe Üniversitesi Senato Etik Komisyonundan izin alınmıştır.

Application Date : January 27, 2020
Acceptance Date : February 11, 2021
Publication Date : April 30, 2021

APA Ballıkaya, E , Öztürk, Ş , Şahin, S , Metin, E , Uzamış Tekçiçek, M , Doğan, B . (2021). Oral Health Knowledge of Turkish Senior Child Development Students- Results of the Pilot Study . Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Sciences Journal , 8 (1) , 161-173 . Retrieved from