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J Public Health Dent. 2011 Spring;71(2):131-5.

Perspectives of Maryland women regarding oral health during pregnancy and early childhood.

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Children's Dental Health Project, Washington, DC 20036, USA. buerlein@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The objective of this qualitative study was to obtain information on low-income women's knowledge, beliefs, and practices regarding oral heath during pregnancy and for infant care.

METHODS:

A professional focus group moderator conducted four focus groups (n=34) among low-income women in Maryland who were either pregnant or had children aged two and younger. Purposeful sampling and qualitative content analysis were employed.

RESULTS:

Women were reasonably well informed about oral health practices for themselves and their children; however, important myths and misperceptions were common. Several themes emerged; a central one being that most women had not received oral health information in time to apply it according to recommended practice.

CONCLUSIONS:

The focus groups with low-income women provided rich and insightful information and implications for future communication strategies to help prevent dental diseases among pregnant women and their infants.

PMID:
21774136
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