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Parental knowledge, beliefs and behaviours for oral health of toddlers residing in rural Victoria

MG Gussy, EB Waters, EM Riggs, SK Lo, NM Kilpatrick



BACKGROUND: Little is known about the oral health of children under the age of four years. The determinants of early childhood caries (ECC) in this young age group are also not well understood despite a growing recognition that early interventions may deliver the greatest benefits. The aim of this study was to examine the oral health-related knowledge, attitudes and reported behaviours of parents of children aged 12-24 months living in rural areas of Victoria, Australia. METHODS: A robust theoretical model was utilized to identify oral health-related behaviours and their antecedent and reinforcing conditions within the context of this specific population group. Two hundred and ninety-four pa..

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