Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00004117
Title: Effect of parent’s dental anxiety and oral health literacy on children’s oral health
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Background: Dental fear and anxiety have been shown to be a major factor contributing to avoidance of dental checkup routines resulting in poorer oral health. Low health literacy is one among many reasons why preventable diseases remain so common and why people often do not adopt healthy practices. It is important to detect patients with inadequate oral health literacy (OHL) and to improve the level of communication between the provider and the patient. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of parental dental anxiety and OHL on children’s oral health, with selected sociodemographic variables among patients in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Materials and Methods: A sample of 187 subjects from the Outpatient Department of Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals was administered the rapid estimate of adult literacy in dentistry (REALD)-30 and the Dental Anxiety Scale-Revised (DAS-R). The data collection of the children’s oral health was from the patient records. Data were analyzed using t-tests, analysis of variance, and correlations. Results: The distribution of DAS-R scores and OHL values shows that children of parents having less anxiety have good oral health, only eight participants having fair oral health and only few parents having high anxiety and severe anxiety. The Pearson product-moment correlation shows negative correlation between DAS-R and REALD-30 scores, which was statistically significant. There is a statistical significance different between the education level of parents and REALD-30 scores as well as DAS-R and OHL level. Conclusion: It can be concluded that factors affecting poor children’s oral health are interrelated and include parents’ lower OHL skills and higher dental anxiety scores. It is understood that better communication between parents of pediatric patients and dental care providers is important to reduce oral health disparities.

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    Author(s) Name:

    Kadambari Sriram, L. Leelavathi*

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    Department of Public Health Dentistry,Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences,Saveetha University, Chennai , Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: L. Leelavathi, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences,Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    Kadambari Sriram, L. Leelavathi*

    Title:Effect of parent’s dental anxiety and oral health literacy on children’s oral health
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (October )
    Year:2019
    Page No: (2373-2377)
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    Methodology:Dental anxiety, Pediatric oral health, Patient-provider communication, Rapid estimate of adult literacy in dentistry
    Research Materials:187 subjects from the Outpatient

Keywords

Dental anxiety Pediatric oral health Patient-provider communication Rapid estimate of adult literacy in dentistry

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