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An investigation into the role of post-natal health clinics in oral health education

An investigation into the role of post-natal health clinics in oral health education

Community Dental Health 10(1): 83-88

This project investigated the oral health information that was given to parents by health visitors at post-natal clinics. This issue was examined by conducting an investigation in one health district in the United Kingdom and, within that, three socially diverse locations. A questionnaire to evaluate parental oral health knowledge and awareness, as well as the personal characteristics of each respondent was developed, tested and administered to 92 respondents. This questionnaire was analysed and compared with previous studies in the same field. Few parents reported receiving oral health information from health visitors. In general, levels of knowledge reported by this sample were better than those reported for the national sample used for the 1983 child dental health survey (Todd and Dodd, 1985). However, fewer of this sample reported receiving oral health education compared to the national sample respondents. A major gap in their knowledge related to fluoride levels in water and fluoride supplements. As found in other studies this sample was also confused about the role of diet in dental caries. Recommendations are made for further improvement in the delivery and reception of oral health education in the post-natal period.

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