Journal article

Oral health care: The experience of Australian paediatricians

Archana Koirala, Elodie O'Connor, Richard Widmer, Nicky Kilpatrick, Sharon Goldfeld

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

AIM: Many Australian children have dental decay in their deciduous teeth. Poor oral health can negatively impact a child's ability to eat, speak, sleep and socialise, with adverse impacts later in life. Paediatricians are well placed to examine children's teeth and to provide advice and education about oral health. Using a sample of Australian paediatricians, we aimed to determine: (i) self-reported oral health knowledge and skills, (ii) frequency of office-based oral health-related discussions, (iii) perceived role of paediatricians and (iv) barriers to oral health-related discussions. METHODS: Members of a national network of paediatricians - the Australian Paediatric Research Network - co..

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