Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Children’s oral health related to home environment

The oral health of children is associated with the nature of their home environment, a new study has found.

The research, which included A/Prof Andre Renzaho from the DEPM's Global Health & Society Unit found that factors such as the psychological state of parents, family functionality, and socioeconomic status had an impact on the quality of children’s teeth.

The odds of children having good oral health status was 68 percent higher in households with a yearly income over $60 000, compared with those under $20 000.

However, the study found that parental education level, age, and gender, as well as language spoken at home and family structure, had no significant impact on oral health.

Dental problems in children can be predictive of similar problems in adulthood.  

The authors recommended that dental programs be designed to reach all children, regardless of social, economic and psychological disparities. 

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