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Oral Health Prev Dent. 2019;17(3):235-242. doi: 10.3290/j.ohpd.a42660.

Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Parents and Oral Health-related Information.



To assess 1) how socioeconomically disadvantaged parents receive information about their child's oral health, 2) how they prefer to access information and 3) whether their gender, age, ethnicity/race, education, income and the number of children in their family affect oral health-related information use.


Survey data were collected from 506 parents/guardians at a pediatric community dental clinic. The majority of the respondents were female (87%) and African American (54%). They ranged in age from 16 to 73 years.


The most frequently used sources for oral health-related information were family members (75%), the child's doctor (74%), other parents (57%) and the child's nurse (54%). The majority of the parents (84%) indicated that the paediatric community dental clinic should have a website with oral health-related information. A total of 79% would use such a website in their own home (73%), at a library (29%), at school (16%) or at work (16%). In addition, 86% also wanted to receive printed information from the community dental clinic. The data showed that European-American parents were more likely than African-American parents to have received information from the child's caregivers, parent support groups, the child's doctor, e-mail groups or books. The respondents' age, income and educational background affected which sources of information they used.


The majority of socioeconomically disadvantaged parents/guardians would like to have access to web-based information about children's oral health and reported that they would use such information.


age groups; child; dental health education; ethnic groups; gender; information seeking behavior; oral health; parents; socioeconomic factors; socioeconomic status


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