Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices in Oral Health among Families with Preschool Children in an Urban Poor Community in Metro Manila

Maritess Oliveros-Villarico, DDM, Aurorita T. Roldan
page. 35~53 / 2008 Vol.2 No.1


The knowledge, attitudes and practices in oral health of families with preschoolFilipino children of selected communities in urban Metro Manila were explored. Onehundred thirty-two randomly selected children were examined and interviewed aswell as their parents. Results were correlated with parents\' educational attainment.Results revealed that parents had adequate knowledge in oral health, had desirableattitudes but practices were not congruent with them. Moreover, the parents\' considerablyhigh educational attainment does not correlate with the knowledge, attitudes, andpractices in oral health of their families. The results may be used in developing programsthat may educate parents of the growing urban poor in Metro Manila on how tobetter attend to the oral health care of their children.

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