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Type: Journal article
Title: Parental perceptions of their preschool-aged children's oral health
Author: Talekar, B.
Rozier, R.
Slade, G.
Ennett, S.
Citation: Journal of the American Dental Association, 2005; 136(3):364-372
Publisher: Amer Dental Assn
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0002-8177
1943-4723
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Bhavna S. Talekar, R. Gary Rozier, Gary D. Slade, Susan T. Ennett
Abstract: <h4>Background</h4>Parents have an important role in making decisions about their children's oral health. The purpose of the authors' study was to determine parental perceptions of their children's oral health status and factors correlated with these perceptions of health.<h4>Methods</h4>The authors analyzed data for 3,424 children (2-5 years of age) from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They based the dependent variable on a question asked of primary caregivers: "How would you describe the condition of [child's name]'s natural teeth?" Explanatory variables included demographic variables, dental visits, perception of child's general health, need for dental care and presence of tooth caries.<h4>Results</h4>Eighty-nine percent of parents rated their child's oral health as excellent, very good or good, and 11 percent rated it as fair or poor (mean = 2.7 on a five-point scale, with 1 being excellent and 5 being poor). Tooth caries, perceived need for dental cleaning and treatment, lower income and poorer general health perceptions were associated with poorer parental ratings.<h4>Conclusions</h4>Actual disease and perceived need are associated significantly with parents' perceptions of their children's oral health.<h4>Practice implications</h4>Understanding parents' perceptions of their children's oral health and factors that motivate these perceptions can help dentistry overcome barriers that parents encounter in accessing dental care for their children.
Keywords: Humans; Dental Caries; Data Collection; Linear Models; Cross-Sectional Studies; Dental Care; Parents; Perception; Health Status; Social Class; Socioeconomic Factors; Child, Preschool; Oral Health; United States; Female; Male
Description: Copyright © 2005 American Dental Association. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020051313
DOI: 10.14219/jada.archive.2005.0179
Published version: http://jada.ada.org/cgi/content/abstract/136/3/364
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