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Oral health behaviour of schoolchildren and parents in Jordan.
Int J Paediatr Dent. 2002 May; 12(3):168-76.IJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the study were: (i) to assess the level of dental knowledge and attitudes towards child dental care among parents in Jordan, (ii) to analyse the oral health care habits of schoolchildren and parents, and (iii) to evaluate the oral hygiene habits and use of professional dental services of children in relation to socio-demographic conditions.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional, self-administered questionnaires for parents.

SAMPLE AND METHODS

National representative sample of 6-16-year-olds living in urban areas (n = 1556, children and parents, response rate 92%, 48.7% boys, 51.3% girls).

RESULTS

In all, 80% of the parents knew about the harmful effect of sugar and 79% thought that poor oral hygiene may induce dental caries. In addition to proper oral hygiene (79%) and restriction of sugar/sweets (42%), 36% of the parents emphasized regular dental visits for the prevention of dental disease in children. However, most children saw a dentist for symptomatic reasons only (86%), while 11% attended for dental check-ups. At their last visit to the dentist, 49% of the children had tooth extraction and only 8% had preventive services (fissure sealing). Toothbrushing at least twice a day was reported for 31% of the children; 14% of children aged 6-9 years had assistance from adults in brushing. Dental care habits of children were highly affected by dental visiting habits of parents, and variations by level of education of parents were also found.

CONCLUSIONS

The discrepancy between dental knowledge and attitudes of parents and oral health care practices indicate the need for oral health education. School-based oral health promotion programmes should be established in Jordan to influence the oral health behaviour of children and parents and to avoid further deterioration in their oral health.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12028308

Citation

Rajab, L D., et al. "Oral Health Behaviour of Schoolchildren and Parents in Jordan." International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, vol. 12, no. 3, 2002, pp. 168-76.
Rajab LD, Petersen PE, Bakaeen G, et al. Oral health behaviour of schoolchildren and parents in Jordan. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2002;12(3):168-76.
Rajab, L. D., Petersen, P. E., Bakaeen, G., & Hamdan, M. A. (2002). Oral health behaviour of schoolchildren and parents in Jordan. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 12(3), 168-76.
Rajab LD, et al. Oral Health Behaviour of Schoolchildren and Parents in Jordan. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2002;12(3):168-76. PubMed PMID: 12028308.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Oral health behaviour of schoolchildren and parents in Jordan. AU - Rajab,L D, AU - Petersen,P E, AU - Bakaeen,G, AU - Hamdan,M A, PY - 2002/5/25/pubmed PY - 2002/10/3/medline PY - 2002/5/25/entrez SP - 168 EP - 76 JF - International journal of paediatric dentistry JO - Int J Paediatr Dent VL - 12 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the study were: (i) to assess the level of dental knowledge and attitudes towards child dental care among parents in Jordan, (ii) to analyse the oral health care habits of schoolchildren and parents, and (iii) to evaluate the oral hygiene habits and use of professional dental services of children in relation to socio-demographic conditions. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, self-administered questionnaires for parents. SAMPLE AND METHODS: National representative sample of 6-16-year-olds living in urban areas (n = 1556, children and parents, response rate 92%, 48.7% boys, 51.3% girls). RESULTS: In all, 80% of the parents knew about the harmful effect of sugar and 79% thought that poor oral hygiene may induce dental caries. In addition to proper oral hygiene (79%) and restriction of sugar/sweets (42%), 36% of the parents emphasized regular dental visits for the prevention of dental disease in children. However, most children saw a dentist for symptomatic reasons only (86%), while 11% attended for dental check-ups. At their last visit to the dentist, 49% of the children had tooth extraction and only 8% had preventive services (fissure sealing). Toothbrushing at least twice a day was reported for 31% of the children; 14% of children aged 6-9 years had assistance from adults in brushing. Dental care habits of children were highly affected by dental visiting habits of parents, and variations by level of education of parents were also found. CONCLUSIONS: The discrepancy between dental knowledge and attitudes of parents and oral health care practices indicate the need for oral health education. School-based oral health promotion programmes should be established in Jordan to influence the oral health behaviour of children and parents and to avoid further deterioration in their oral health. SN - 0960-7439 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12028308/Oral_health_behaviour_of_schoolchildren_and_parents_in_Jordan_ L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=0960-7439&date=2002&volume=12&issue=3&spage=168 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -