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Vol. 43, No. 2, 2009
Issue release date: April 2009
Section title: Original Paper
Caries Res 2009;43:103–109
(DOI:10.1159/000209342)

Relationship between Mothers’ Sense of Coherence and Oral Health Status of Preschool Children

Bonanato K. · Paiva S.M. · Pordeus I.A. · Ramos-Jorge M.L. · Barbabela D. · Allison P.J.
aFaculty of Dentistry, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, and bFaculty of Biological and Health Sciences, Federal University of Vale of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri, Diamantina, Brazil; cFaculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, Que., Canada

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 5/6/2008
Accepted: 1/14/2009
Published online: 3/24/2009

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0008-6568 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-976X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/CRE

Abstract

Objective: The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between mothers’ sense of coherence (SOC) and oral health status in a representative sample of 5-year-old preschool children. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) on a sample of 546 mothers and their 5-year-old children, randomly selected from preschools. Data were collected through questionnaires (mothers), the short version of Antonovsky’s SOC scale (SOC-13) and clinical dental examinations (children). Simple and multiple logistic regression analyses were performed on the data. The following 8 outcome variables were selected: dental caries, filled and missing teeth, dental pulp exposure due to caries, dental root fragment, visible plaque, gingivitis and supragingival calculus. The examination was carried out by 2 trained, calibrated examiners. Results: Mothers with a lower SOC were more likely to have children with decayed teeth (OR = 1.59, 95% CI = 1.01–2.29), dental pulp exposure (OR = 1.99, 95% CI = 1.06–3.77) or filled teeth (OR = 1.85, 95% CI = 1.12–3.06) regardless of the child’s social class and gender. Conclusion: The data indicate that mothers’ SOC is an important psychosocial determinant of the oral health status among preschool children.


  

Author Contacts

Prof. Saul Martins Paiva
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Faculdade de Odontologia
Av. Uruguai, 973/402, Sion
30.310-300, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)
Tel. +55 31 3409 2470, Fax +55 31 3409 2472, E-Mail smpaiva@uol.com.br

  

Article Information

Received: May 6, 2008
Accepted: January 14, 2009
Published online: March 24, 2009
Number of Print Pages : 7
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 2, Number of References : 32

  

Publication Details

Caries Research

Vol. 43, No. 2, Year 2009 (Cover Date: April 2009)

Journal Editor: Shellis R.P. (Bristol)
ISSN: 0008-6568 (Print), eISSN: 1421-976X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/CRE


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 5/6/2008
Accepted: 1/14/2009
Published online: 3/24/2009

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0008-6568 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-976X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/CRE


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