A community-based oral health self-care intervention for Hispanic families

Pamela C. Hull, Michelle C. Reece, Marian Patton, Janice Williams, Bettina M. Beech, Juan R. Canedo, Roger Zoorob

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Objectives: A community-based intervention is described that targets oral health self-care practices among Hispanic children in the United States and is being tested in an ongoing trial. Descriptive results of baseline oral health variables are presented. Methods: As of January 2013, 284 Hispanic children of ages 5-7 enrolled in the Healthy Families Study in Nashville, TN, USA. Families are randomized to one of two culturally appropriate interventions. Results: At baseline, 69.6 % of children brushed at least twice daily, and 40.6 % brushed before bed daily. One-third of parents did not know if their children's toothpaste contained fluoride. Conclusions: This intervention fills the need for community-based interventions to improve oral health self-care practices that are culturally appropriate in Hispanic families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant number P20MD000516 National

Funding Information:
Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Grant number UL1 RR024975 National Center for Research Resources, and grant number UL1 TR000445 National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. We wish to thank our community partners, the Nashville Latino Health Coalition and Progreso Community Center, for their collaboration in the development and implementation of this study.


  • Children
  • Dental hygiene
  • Hispanic
  • Oral health
  • Oral health disparities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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