Behavior of mothers of children aged 4-6 years in accessing dental and mouth health information

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Abstract

Introduction: One of the main infectious diseases in pre-school children (4-6 years) is Early Childhood Caries (ECC). Parents, especially mothers, play a central role in encouraging children to have good and sustainable habits in maintaining the health of their teeth and mouth. In this era, parents get to know a lot of informations about dental health through the internet. Objective: This study aimed to analyze the behavior of mothers of pre-school age (4-6 years) children in accessing dental and oral health information. Method: The population of this study were mothers and children from 10 preschool in the Mojo Health Center area, Surabaya. 228 pairs of mothers and children in kindergarten were selected by simple random sampling as respondents. Data collected by conducting intra oral examination in children with def-t index and questionaire. Results: Probability values (P-value) and Prevalence Ratio were obtained using Chi-square Test with categories of intention, attitude, subjective norms, and behavioral control that were perceived towards the behavior of mothers accessing dental and oral health information. The intention, attitude, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control significantly influenced the behavior of mothers accessing dental and oral health information (P-value <0.05). Conclusion: The behavior of mothers in accessing dental and oral health information is influenced by intentions, attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control. However, mother’s intention is only influenced by subjective attitudes and norms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1920-1924
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Volume10
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Dental caries
  • Health behavior
  • Information seeking behavior
  • Internet access

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