Introduction: Oral diseases are common and affect millions of people worldwide. They can range from mild and easily treatable conditions to more severe and serious diseases. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental monitoring are essential for maintaining good oral health. When it comes to children's health and well-being, parents' education level plays a critical role. Research has shown that parents' higher educational attainment is associated with better health outcomes for their children. Our aim is to evaluate whether parents' education level and employment influence children oral health and its impact on the family. Methods: We enrolled consecutively healthy subjects aged between 0-16 and their parents at the Dental Clinic of the University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli". The Italian version of the ECOHIS (I-ECOHIS) was administered to parents of the enrolled subjects referred to the Dental Clinic of the University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli". Linear regression models, adjusted for age and sex, were used to explore the association between parents' employment or education level and the ECOHIS scores. Statistical significance was accepted when p value < 0.05. Results: We found a significative association of a higher I-ECOHIS total score (coeff. 4.04244; CI 95%: 1.530855-6.554026; p = 0,002) and higher I-ECOHIS children section score (coeff. 3.2794; CI 95%: 1.29002-5.268; P = 0,002) and the father unemployed status. We also found that a higher education level of the father was associated with a lower ECOHIS total score (coeff. -1.388; IC 95%: -2.562115--0.214 p = 0.021) and a higher education level of the mother was associated with a lower ECOHIS in children section (coeff. -0.972; IC95%: -1.909356-0.034; p = 0.042). Conclusions: Father unemployed status and a lower educational level for both parents may negatively affect oral health status.

Children oral health and parents education status: a cross sectional study / G. Minervini, R. Franco, M.M. Marrapodi, M. Di Blasio, V. Ronsivalle, M. Cicciù. - In: BMC ORAL HEALTH. - ISSN 1472-6831. - 23:1(2023 Oct 24), pp. 787.1-787.7. [10.1186/s12903-023-03424-x]

Children oral health and parents education status: a cross sectional study

M. Di Blasio
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2023

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Introduction: Oral diseases are common and affect millions of people worldwide. They can range from mild and easily treatable conditions to more severe and serious diseases. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental monitoring are essential for maintaining good oral health. When it comes to children's health and well-being, parents' education level plays a critical role. Research has shown that parents' higher educational attainment is associated with better health outcomes for their children. Our aim is to evaluate whether parents' education level and employment influence children oral health and its impact on the family. Methods: We enrolled consecutively healthy subjects aged between 0-16 and their parents at the Dental Clinic of the University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli". The Italian version of the ECOHIS (I-ECOHIS) was administered to parents of the enrolled subjects referred to the Dental Clinic of the University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli". Linear regression models, adjusted for age and sex, were used to explore the association between parents' employment or education level and the ECOHIS scores. Statistical significance was accepted when p value < 0.05. Results: We found a significative association of a higher I-ECOHIS total score (coeff. 4.04244; CI 95%: 1.530855-6.554026; p = 0,002) and higher I-ECOHIS children section score (coeff. 3.2794; CI 95%: 1.29002-5.268; P = 0,002) and the father unemployed status. We also found that a higher education level of the father was associated with a lower ECOHIS total score (coeff. -1.388; IC 95%: -2.562115--0.214 p = 0.021) and a higher education level of the mother was associated with a lower ECOHIS in children section (coeff. -0.972; IC95%: -1.909356-0.034; p = 0.042). Conclusions: Father unemployed status and a lower educational level for both parents may negatively affect oral health status.
Children; Dentistry; Early Childhood Oral Health Impact Scale (ECOHIS); Educational level; Employee status; Oral health;
Settore MED/28 - Malattie Odontostomatologiche
24-ott-2023
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