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International journal of interdisciplinary dentistry

versión impresa ISSN 2452-5596versión On-line ISSN 2452-5588


MUNOZ, Valeria; VALENZUELA, Patricia M.  y  RASSE, Alejandra. Social imaginary, beliefs and attitudes that influence the pediatric dental consultation in children under 3 years old. Int. j interdiscip. dent. [online]. 2020, vol.13, n.1, pp.6-8. ISSN 2452-5596.

Parents of children under 3 years old frequently take their children to medical check-ups. However, dental check-ups are infrequent at this age. The reasons behind this behavior are not well known. The present qualitative study aimed to identify social imaginary, attitudes and beliefs that may influence the decision to consult a pediatric dentist in parents of children under 3 years old. Semi-structured interviews were applied to 10 working mothers that had children between 8 and 36 months. These interviews allowed the identification of the most significant issues to be explored in this study. Afterwards, a total of 13 mothers who did not participate in the initial interviews were divided in 4 groups and in-depth group interviews were performed. Mothers involved in this study had a high educational level. However, their knowledge concerning oral health issues was very poor. Moreover, a frequent finding in this study was the notion that a dental consultation at this stage is considered to be overwhelming by these women because of their very demanding duties . It is important to increase the knowledge regarding oral health topics in this group and to modify policies about oral health at this stage of a child’s life.

Palabras clave : Mother-child relations; Oral health; Pediatric dentistry; Pediatrics; Qualitative research; Dental care.

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