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Parental Oral Health Literacy of children with severe early childhood caries in Hong Kong
 

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  12/2017

Authors:  S. Hiu Fong Lai, M. Kok Wun Wong, Hai Ming Wong, C. Kar Yung Yiu

Language:  English

Institution:  Paediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatic Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue srl

Keywords:  Oral health literacy; Dental caries.

Email:  wonghmg@hku.hk


Title:  Parental Oral Health Literacy of children with severe early childhood caries in Hong Kong

Abstract:  Aim To assess the parental oral health literacy of children with severe early childhood caries. Methods A total of 315 children diagnosed with severe early childhood caries, and their parents were recruited to participate in the study. A clinical examination was conducted to assess the children’s oral health status. Their parents were asked to complete a Hong Kong Oral Health Literacy Assessment Task for Paediatric Dentistry (HKOHLAT-P) questionnaire. Results There were 311 complete responses (98.7% response rate). The mean age of children was 4.7 years (standard deviation (SD) =0.8). The mean decayed, missing filled teeth (dmft) score was 10.2 (SD = 4.5). Most of the children had unfilled dental caries (98.7%). About 72.7% of the parents had an education level of up to secondary school. More than half (61.7%) had a monthly family income of below HKD 20,000. Parents with a lower education level and income had a significantly lower HKOHLAT-P score (p<0.001). Multiple regression analyses showed that a higher family income (p<0.05) and education level (p<0.05) predicted higher HKOHLAT-P scores. Conclusion The parental oral health literacy of children with severe early childhood caries was associated with their socio-economic background. Oral health education should be targeted towards the lower socio-economic groups.

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