Title: Knowledge, behaviours and beliefs of parents regarding the oral health of their children
Abstract: Aim The purpose of this study was to assess the Saudi parentís knowledge, behaviours, and beliefs regarding the oral health of their children.
Materials and methods Parents answered a questionnaire, which included questions about parental knowledge, behaviours, and beliefs regarding dental caries development, baby bottle use, and how to care for childrenís oral health as well as the reasons for their childrenís first visit to the dentist and other questions.
Results There was a statistically significant difference in the mean scores of knowledge of participants, across all age groups. Age, number of children, and education level were statistically significantly related to the mean scores of behaviours. Beliefs scores of participants indicated statistically significant difference in relation to the education level, monthly family income, and use of smart phone.
Conclusion There is discrepancy between parental knowledge, behaviours, and beliefs regarding oral health of their children and there is association of these variables with their sociodemographic status.