First-Time Mothers’ Intended versus Actualized Child Oral Health-Related Behaviors Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Alvey, Jenna
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • We examined the relationship between first-time mothers’ intended (baseline) versus actualized (at follow-up) child oral health behaviors (COHB) in the context of oral health knowledge, oral health literacy, self-efficacy and dental neglect. Baseline data was collected from a group (White 44%, African American 40%, Native American 17%) of first-time pregnant clients (N=119) at Women, Infants and Children Clinics in NC. Follow-up data was collected from 48 of these individuals at least one year after their child’s birth. Mothers were highly likely to realize their intentions to reduce juice consumption, nighttime bottle-feeding and regular tooth brushing. However, 75% did not realize their intention to limit sweet snacks for their child. Implementation of positive COHB was not correlated with oral health knowledge, oral health literacy, dental neglect, self-efficacy and sociodemographics. Our research suggests that first-time mothers are likely to implement some but not all positive behaviors they intended to adopt during pregnancy.
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  • Lytle, Leslie
  • Vann, William
  • Lee, Jessica Y.
  • Divaris, Kimon
  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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