An exploration of the views of Australian mothers on promoting child oral health

Virgo-Milton, M., Boak, R., Hoare, A., Gold, L., Waters, E., Gussy, M., Calache, H., O'Callaghan, E. and De Silva, A. M. 2016, An exploration of the views of Australian mothers on promoting child oral health, Australian dental journal, vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 84-92, doi: 10.1111/adj.12332.

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Title An exploration of the views of Australian mothers on promoting child oral health
Author(s) Virgo-Milton, M.
Boak, R.
Hoare, A.
Gold, L.ORCID iD for Gold, L.
Waters, E.
Gussy, M.
Calache, H.
O'Callaghan, E.
De Silva, A. M.
Journal name Australian dental journal
Volume number 61
Issue number 1
Start page 84
End page 92
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-03
ISSN 0045-0421
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine
health behaviour
health promotion
oral health
Summary Background: An important role for parents and caregivers in the prevention of dental caries in children is the early establishment of health promoting behaviours. This study aimed to examine mothers' views on barriers and facilitators to promoting child and family oral health. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with a purposive sample of mothers (n = 32) of young children. Inductive thematic analysis was conducted. Results: Parental knowledge and beliefs, past experiences and child behaviour emerged as major influences on children's oral health. Child temperament and parental time pressures were identified as barriers to good oral health with various strategies reported for dealing with uncooperative children at toothbrushing time. Parental oral health knowledge and beliefs emerged as positive influences on child oral health; however, while most mothers were aware of the common causes of dental caries, very few knew of other risk factors such as bedtime feeding. Parents' own oral health experiences were also seen to positively influence child oral health, regardless of whether these were positive or negative experiences. Conclusions: Understanding parental oral health beliefs is essential to overcoming barriers and promoting enablers for good child oral health. Improving child oral health also requires consideration of child behaviour, family influences, and increasing awareness of lesser-known influencing factors.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/adj.12332
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
1105 Dentistry
1103 Clinical Sciences
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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