THE ROLE OF PARENTS IN MAINTAINING DENTAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN UNDER 5-YEAR-OLD IN PISANGAN DISTRICT, TANGERANG SELATAN
Public awareness about the importance of understanding dental and oral health in toddlers is one of the factors causing the high dental caries in children under five. Sweet eating and drinking habits, inappropriate methods, lack of parental understanding of toddlers' oral and dental health are problems that exist in the community. The purpose of this study was to determine the role of parental education in maintaining dental and oral health of toddlers. This research method uses a Random Sampling Survey through filling out questionnaires and interviews with parents aged 0-59 months. The results of this study indicate a high level of dental caries in toddlers in Pisangan District Ciputat Timur, Tangerang Selatan, which is caused by a lack of parental awareness in maintaining dental and oral health of toddlers, which is caused by toddlers consuming a lot of consuming and drinking sweet foods, how to eat on the wrong teeth, lack of awareness to control the dentist. The conclusion of this study shows the importance of the role of education for parents of toddlers in maintaining dental and oral health of toddlers so that the level of dental caries in toddlers can be reduced.
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