alexa Oral Health Behaviours Of Primary Caregivers And Early Childhood Caries In Ekurhuleni Health District Of South Africa
ISSN: 2332-0702

Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health
Open Access

OMICS International organises 3000+ Global Conferenceseries Events every year across USA, Europe & Asia with support from 1000 more scientific Societies and Publishes 700+ Open Access Journals which contains over 50000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.

Open Access Journals gaining more Readers and Citations

700 Journals and 15,000,000 Readers Each Journal is getting 25,000+ Readers

This Readership is 10 times more when compared to other Subscription Journals (Source: Google Analytics)

Share This Page

Additional Info

Loading Please wait..

2nd International Conference on Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics
May 01-02, 2017 Toronto, Canada

Ajibola Adegboye, Khomotjo Mpolobosho and Sharafadeen Olatunbosun
Management College of Southern Africa, South Africa
Fourways Medical Centre, South Africa
ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Oral Hyg Health
DOI: 10.4172/2332-0702-C1-005
Early Childhood Caries (ECC) has been documented to be of highest prevalence in predominantly Coloured (Mixed-Race) rather than in White- or Black-dominated communities of South Africa. As a result of a new realization that parents/primary caregivers (PCGs) rather than the child are the key individuals who determine the social and behavioural environment that shape oral health practices for children, this study set out to examine the relationship between health behaviours of primary caregivers (Biological parents or not) of preschool children and caries experience in South Africa's Ekurhuleni Health District (using a predominantly Coloured community of Arla Park). A total of 545 PCG-child pairs for children in the age group of 12-71 months were interviewed (PCGs only) and examined, using DMFT/deft indices (PCGs and children). Results showed that overall, the mean deft ranged between 2.88 (aged <4 years) and 3.78 (aged 4-5.11 years); and high deft scores occurred to children with PCGs who are unemployed (78.1%), consume alcohol frequently (59.87%), visited dentist only when in pain and for tooth extraction (68.11%) and admitted to putting infants to sleep with bottle-with-sugary-drinks (65.72%). The strong negative relationship that was revealed in this study between socio-economic profile, oral/dental care and health seeking/child grooming behaviour of PCGs on the one hand, and mean deft index of their children on the other, can be a useful tool for screening and targeting child populations in need of treatment, and also assist public policy planning towards developing health preventative and promotion programmes to aid early intervention and prevention.

Ajibola Adegboye completed his Dental and Postdoctoral degrees from Nigerian and South African Universities. He owns a solo dental practice in South Africa. He attended the UW, Seattle School of Public Health as a Fogarty Fellow (1990), and he has contributed to scientifically reputed international meetings and journals on infection control and HIV/AIDS, and dentistry. He is currently finalising his MBA dissertation with Management College of Southern Africa (Mancosa). His previous peer-reviewed publications include the collaborations with Joan Kreiss, MD, Femi Soyinka, MD and Greg Moss, MD (1990) and PG Robinson, RW Rowland, Steven Yeung and Newell Johnson (2002).

Email: [email protected]

image PDF   |   image HTML
Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version