Oral health knowledge in pre-school children : a survey among parents in central Italy
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Oral health knowledge in pre-school children : a survey among parents in central Italy

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Oral health knowledge in pre-school children : a survey among parents in central Italy

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dc.contributor.author Calcagnile, Francesca es
dc.contributor.author Pietrunti, Daniela es
dc.contributor.author Pranno, Nicola es
dc.contributor.author Di Giorgio, Gianni es
dc.contributor.author Ottolenghi, Livia es
dc.contributor.author Vozza, Iole es
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-02T09:25:55Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-02T09:25:55Z
dc.date.issued 2019 es
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/70652
dc.description.abstract The aim of this survey was to evaluate the knowledge and awareness of parents about potential oral health risk factors and correct management of oral hygiene of their preschool children. The participation to the survey was proposed to all parents of 3-5 year aged children attending a kindergarten in Campobasso. A self-administered questionnaire was completed to obtain information regarding demographic and education variables, knowledge about caries and its transmission, infant feeding practice, maternal oral health during pregnancy, parents and children?s oral hygiene habits and risk behaviors (e.g., sharing cutlery, tasting of baby food, nightly using of baby bottles or pacifier), oral health prevention and role of school. Overall, the parents of 101 children consented to fill the questionnaire. Data analysis showed that only 24% of respondents was aware of the potential vertical transmissibility of cariogenic bacteria through contaminated saliva. It is still a common trend from 61% of parents tasting food of their child. On 101 children, 30% used pacifier and 17% used baby bottle with milk during night and among these children 41% for more than 2 years. Parents reported no toothbrushing for 57% of the children in their first 3 years of life. From this survey, independently on parents education, it emerges as still nowadays parents are not fully trained and informed about the management of their child?s oral hygiene and as it?s necessary a parental oral health promoting program to control children oral health risk status, starting from school. es
dc.source Calcagnile, Francesca ; Pietrunti, Daniela ; Pranno, Nicola ; Di Giorgio, Gianni ; Ottolenghi, Livia ; Vozza, Iole. Oral health knowledge in pre-school children : a survey among parents in central Italy. En: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry, 11 4 2019: 327-333 es
dc.title Oral health knowledge in pre-school children : a survey among parents in central Italy es
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion en
dc.subject.unesco UNESCO::CIENCIAS MÉDICAS es
dc.identifier.doi 10.4317/jced.55378 es

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