Evaluation of the Maternal Perception of the Oral Health of the Inpatient Infant


  • Ana de Lourdes Sá de Lira Universidade Estadual do Piauí
  • Joyce de Moura Crisóstomo Universidade Estadual do Piauí
  • Sylvana Thereza de Castro Pires Rebelo Universidade Estadual do Piauí




Odontopaediatrics. Prevention. Infants.


Aim: To evaluate the mother’s perception of the oral health of their inpatient infants in maternity or infirmary units of a public hospital. Methods: Questionnaire applications were scheduled and educational lectures were carried out on how to sanitize the infant's mouth after breastfeeding, even in the absence of primary teeth, emphasizing the importance of breastfeeding. Results: A significant number of mothers reported that they received no guidance regarding the oral health care of their infants. They had never attended lectures by dental practitioners, as well as they did not know that the use of pacifier, baby bottle and digital sucking habit could interfere with their infant’s oral heath over time. Conclusions: The majority declared that they had no care with the oral health of their infants. Only five mothers of newborns reported that they performed the oral hygiene of them once a day after the first breastfeeding. The mothers showed lack of knowledge on the diseases which can affect their children during early infancy as they had no information on how to prevent them. They did not know that early caries lesions could affect the infant and that harmful oral habits can predispose to the development of malocclusions.


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Author Biographies

Ana de Lourdes Sá de Lira, Universidade Estadual do Piauí

Possui mestrado em Odontologia pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (1994) e doutorado em Ortodontia pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (2011), especialização em Implantodontia (2013). Atualmente é professora adjunto III da Universidade Estadual do Piauí, no curso de Odontologia.

Joyce de Moura Crisóstomo, Universidade Estadual do Piauí

Possui graduação em Odontologia pela Universidade Estadual do Piauí(2015) e ensino-medio-segundo-graupelo Colégio Antares(2010).

Sylvana Thereza de Castro Pires Rebelo, Universidade Estadual do Piauí

Possui graduação em Odontologia pela Universidade Federal do Ceará (1981). Atualmente é odontóloga do Governo Estadual do Piauí.


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How to Cite

Lira A de LS de, Crisóstomo J de M, Rebelo ST de CP. Evaluation of the Maternal Perception of the Oral Health of the Inpatient Infant. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2017 Aug. 11 [cited 2022 Oct. 1];15(3):205-8. Available from: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/bjos/article/view/8649982




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