Association between parental guilt and oral health problems in preschool children

Saads Carvalho, Thiago; Abanto, Jenny; Mendes, Fausto Medeiros; Raggio, Daniela Prócida; Bönecker, Marcelo (2012). Association between parental guilt and oral health problems in preschool children. Brazilian oral research, 26(6), pp. 557-63. São Paulo (Brazil): Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Odontológica 10.1590/S1806-83242012000600012

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Parents may feel guilty about their children's oral problems, which can affect their quality of life. The aim of this study was to assess the presence of parental guilt and its association with early childhood caries (ECC), traumatic dental injuries (TDI) and malocclusion (AMT) in preschool children. All 2 to 5 year-old children (N = 305), and their parents, seeking dental care at the University of São Paulo Dental School one-week Screening Programme, were asked to participate in the study, and 260 agreed. Children were examined by two calibrated dentists, and their parents answered a socioeconomic and ECOHIS questionnaire; the question on guilt was used as the dependent variable. Regression analyses examined the association between parental guilt and ECC, TDI, AMT and socioeconomic factors. A total of 35.8% of parents felt guilty. This was only associated with caries severity. No association was found between guilt and TDI, AMT or socioeconomic factors. ECC was present in 63.8% of the children; the mean (± sd) dmf-t score was 7.29 (± 2.78). Thus, the number of parents feeling guilty increases with the increase of their children's dental caries severity. Parental guilt is related to caries but is not associated with TDI or AMT.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry

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Saads Carvalho, Thiago


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Odontológica




Eveline Carmen Schuler

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04 Oct 2013 14:38

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06 Jul 2020 11:52

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Guilt; Dental Caries; Tooth Injuries; Malocclusion; Quality of Life



URI: (FactScience: 222453)

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