Relationship between Perception of Oral Health, Clinical Conditions and Socio-Behavioral Factors of Mother-Child

Najara Barbosa Rocha, Suzely Adas Saliba Moimaz, Artênio José Isper Garbin, Orlando Saliba, Cléa Adas Saliba Garbin


Objective: To verify a mother's perception about her and her child`s oral health as well as to analyze its association with socio-behavioral factors. Material and Methods: The study was conducted with 73 pairs of mother and child, through interviews, using a semi-structured questionnaire and clinical exam. The clinical variables studied were: caries prevalence and gingival diseases and nonclinical variables: socio-behavioral factors, perception and habits. Bivariate analyzes, logistic regression and odds ratio (p ≤ 0.05 and 95% CI) were employed. Results: Most mothers considered their oral health as poor (57.5%) and their children as good (68.5%). In the multivariate analysis, measures of self-perception of oral health were significantly associated with the presence of caries in the mother (p <0.01), and oral health perception of the child was related to the presence of caries (p <0.01) and marital status (0.05). Conclusion: The clinical and behavioral factors were associated with the measures of perceived oral health.

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