ERIC Number: EJ971672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Addressing Tooth Decay in Head Start Children
Knowlden, Adam P.; Hill, Lawrence F.; Alles-White, Monica L.; Cottrell, Randall R.
NHSA Dialog, v15 n2 p201-205 2012
Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. Oral health education and dental services are crucial to reducing the number of children afflicted with dental cavities. Due to limited access to preventative care, Head Start children are particularly vulnerable to tooth decay. This article outlines practical implications of a research study (Knowlden, Hill, Alles-White, & Cottrell, 2012/this issue) that investigated the child oral health knowledge of Head Start parents. The study also explored barriers faced by Head Start parents when seeking preventative oral health services for their children. The findings of the study suggest that practitioners should concentrate educational efforts on reducing the amount of sugary drinks and foods that Head Start parents allow their children to consume. In addition, Head Start parents could benefit from initiatives designed to teach them to how to properly care for their child's teeth. From a health promotion perspective, community agencies should work with dentists to expand office hours, allow parents to accompany their children during dental exams, and encourage dentists to see children less than 3 years of age.
Descriptors: Health Services, Health Education, Health Promotion, Disadvantaged Youth, Dental Health, Child Health, Dentistry, Public Agencies, Early Intervention, Chronic Illness, Parents, Young Children, Eating Habits, Health Behavior, Access to Health Care
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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