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International journal of interdisciplinary dentistry

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


HUMERES-FLORES, Paulina et al. Oral health care in early childhood: mother’s perspective-a qualitative research. Int. j interdiscip. dent. [online]. 2020, vol.13, n.2, pp.62-66. ISSN 2452-5596.

Social determinants have a fundamental impact on oral health, which includes oral health care habits. Caregivers can be a key factor to develop them in their children.


Understand the oral health care practices of caregivers and children aged 2 to 5 years in their homes, recognizing their experiences, achievements, and difficulties.


Qualitative study obtained in in-depth interviews with 20 caregivers, attending family health centers in the Santiago Metropolitan Region.


Caregivers feel responsible for their children’s oral health care, while fathers and children seem to have a more passive role than the mother. They value dental care at CESFAM, but they are worried about their future long-term care. Oral health is related to aesthetics and better job opportunities. The primary teeth are essential, but permanents are more relevant; however, they do not believe that they remain in mouth for life. Caregivers handle correct information about oral health care. They hope that their children will not live negative dental experiences.


The clinical and educational dentistry strategies should consider the children’s social environment, and working as a teamwork with caregivers. It is relevant to conduct further studies on how social determinants affect oral health.

Palabras clave : Oral health; Social determinants of health; Qualitative research; Child; Preschool.

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