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Pediatric Oral Health Knowledge of African American and Hispanic of Mexican Origin Expectant Mothers

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Purpose: This study assessed the impact of a lecture on children's oral health knowledge of pregnant women from vulnerable African American (AA) and Hispanic of Mexican origin (HM) populations utilizing the same urban community health center prenatal education program. Methods: Participants heard one 45-minute lecture in English or Spanish on children's oral health, and completed a survey (English or Spanish) before and after the lecture. Results: Seven sessions provided 60 participants: (a) 30 AA; and (b) 30 HM. These two groups differed on: (1) educational attainment; (2) preferred language; (3) country of origin; and (4) baseline scores. They were similar in: (1) age; (2) frequency of first mothers; and (3) final scores. Oral health knowledge significantly rose from baseline to the end of the lecture (ANOVA, P<.001). Educational attainment was associated with HM baseline scores (P=.04), whereas age was associated with AA final scores (P=.01). Conclusions: An oral health lecture within a prenatal program improved oral health knowledge for African American and Hispanic of Mexican origin pregnant women, though associated factors varied between the two groups. Further study is needed to explore long-term knowledge retention and effect on the future babies' oral health.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2007

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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