Relationships between parental education, choice of child dentifrice, and their children's caries experience

Anna Buckeridge, Nigel King, Robert Anthonappa

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Abstract

Background: The influence of parental education, choice of child dentifrice, and its impact on their children's dental caries experience remain unclear. Aim: To investigate (a) dentifrice types used by Australian pre-school children, (b) demographic factors that influence parents’ dentifrice choice, and (c) whether dentifrice type is related to pre-schooler's caries experience. Design: 155 parent-child dyads were recruited from five random metropolitan childcare centres. Parents completed a questionnaire recording relevant demographics and child dietary preferences, oral hygiene practice, and dental visits. One calibrated operator performed a clinical examination of their pre-schooler for evidence of carious lesions. Data were analysed, and comparisons between variables made using chi-square tests and regression models. Results: 50% of pre-schoolers used <1000 ppm fluoride dentifrice and 29% used non-fluoridated dentifrice. Higher parental education level was associated with the use of non-fluoridated dentifrice (P =.02, χ2 = 0.034). Children with higher brushing frequency were more likely to use fluoridated dentifrice (P =.03, χ2 < 0.001). Conclusion: The proportion of Australian pre-schoolers using non-fluoridated dentifrice was higher than in other world regions. Higher parental education level was strongly associated with choosing non-fluoridated toothpaste, which warrants further qualitative analysis to assess determinants for parents’ choice of child dentifrice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date20 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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