Table 2: Knowledge about early childhood caries*, community water fluoridation, and topical fluorides
Knowledge itemFamily physicians
agree or strongly agree, no. (%)†
n = 164
agree or strongly agree, no. (%)†
n = 17
Knowledge about early childhood caries
Untreated tooth decay could affect the general health of a child163/163 (100.0)15/16 (93.8)
Parents should brush their young children's teeth twice a day161/164 (98.2)16/16 (100.0)
The first signs of tooth decay are white spots or lines on the tooth surfaces54/161 (33.5)8/16 (50.0)
Baby teeth are important even though they fall out155/161 (96.3)16/16 (100.0)
Children should have 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day149/162 (92.0)14/16 (87.5)
Parents should limit juice to 4-6 oz/d143/162 (88.3)14/16 (87.5)
I feel confident enough to identify tooth decay in children95/164 (57.9)13/16 (81.3)
I feel knowledgeable enough to discuss and counsel parents and caregivers regarding their children's dental hygiene115 /161 (71.4)13/16 (81.3)
Knowledge about community water fluoridation and topical fluorides
Community water fluoridation is important for preventing tooth decay145/164 (88.4)15/16 (93.8)
Topical fluoride therapies are important for preventing tooth decay125/161 (77.6)15/16 (93.8)
Awareness of community water fluoridation
Water supplies in the Niagara region are not fluoridated76/161 (47.2)11/17 (64.7)

*Defined as the presence of 1 or more decayed, missing (due to caries) or filled tooth surfaces in any primary tooth in a child between birth and 71 months of age.

†Nonrespondents are not included in denominator when calculating percentages.

‡For each question, number of nonrespondents (physicians and pediatricians) vary.