A Community-Based Oral Health Self-Care Intervention for Hispanic Families
Objectives: A community-based intervention is described that targets oral health self-care practices among Hispanic children in the United States and is being tested in an ongoing trial. Descriptive results of baseline oral health variables are presented. Methods: As of January 2013, 284 Hispanic children of ages 5-7 enrolled in the Healthy Families Study in Nashville, TN, USA. Families are randomized to one of two culturally appropriate interventions. Results: At baseline, 69.6 % of children brushed at least twice daily, and 40.6 % brushed before bed daily. One-third of parents did not know if their children's toothpaste contained fluoride. Conclusions: This intervention fills the need for community-based interventions to improve oral health self-care practices that are culturally appropriate in Hispanic families.
Hull, Pamela C.; Reece, Michelle C.; Patton, Marian; Williams, Janice; Beech, Bettina M.; Canedo, Juan R.; and Zoorob, Roger. 2014. A Community-Based Oral Health Self-Care Intervention for Hispanic Families. International Journal of Public Health. Vol.59(1). 61-66. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-013-0470-5 PMID: 23612890 ISSN: 1661-8556