Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: Individual lessons and home tasks were provided to child and mother. Regularly provided dental health information was sent through short message service (SMS) texts twice a week aside from brochures as a method to increase dental health knowledge for mothers. Tooth brushing diaries were given so that children’s dental health behavior can be practiced at home as well, which induced proactive participation of mothers by allowing them to check and support their children’s dental health behaviors. Online checking in for information and questions as well as submitting photos of child’s progress was also an option.

Study Results:The experimental group in which the mothers were involved in the dental health program were significantly higher for knowledge, behaviors in dental health, self-efficacy and plaque control compared to the control group.

Reference: Choi, H. S. & Ahn, H. Y. (2012). Effects of mothers involved in dental health program for their children. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing, 42(7), 1050. doi:10.4040/jkan.2012.42.7.1050.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good