Perception of parents of children with and without disabilities about teething disturbances and practices adopted|
de Castro Prado, Alessandra Maia; Sodrê de Oliveira, Fabiana; de Melo Abrão; Ludmilla; de Paiva Novaes, Myrian Stella & Basso Prado, Thaís Thereza
Aim: To evaluate and compare the perception of parents of children with and without disabilities
about the occurrence of local and systemic manifestations during the eruption of primary teeth and to
investigate the parents’ practices used to alleviate teething disturbances.
Methods: A cross-sectional
study was conducted in a sample of parents of children without disabilities (GI) and parents of children
with disabilities (GII) treated at a University Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. Data from GI and GII were
collected using a structured questionnaire applied during an interview with the parents, and were
analyzed using descriptive statistics. Mann-Whitney and Wilcoxon tests were employed and the level
of significance was set at p<0.05.
Results: The questionnaires were filled out by 86 parents, being
45 in GI and 41 in GII. For GI, the most frequent local manifestations were edema around the tooth
(84.44%) and increased suction (75.56%); and for GII were edema and erythema around the tooth
(78.05% and 70.73%, respectively). The most frequent systemic manifestations, according to parents
of both groups, were irritability and fever. There was no statistically significant difference between
groups (p<0.05). It was observed that 46.66% and 68.3% of parents of GI and GII, respectively,
adopted different practices to alleviate teething disturbances.
Conclusions: During primary teeth
eruption, local and systemic manifestations may occur and different practices were adopted by the
Interviewed parents, mainly those with children with disabilities.
teething, primary teeth, eruption