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Table 2 Parental views on limitations of and opportunities for professional support to promote children’s oral health

From: Establishing oral health promoting behaviours in children – parents’ views on barriers, facilitators and professional support: a qualitative study

Setting Perceived limitations Opportunities
Dental professionals Little priority for prevention and advice Encouraging dental visits at an early age
Limited involvement of parents Delivering dental health education in group discussions
Dissatisfaction with content of dental health education: Improving the content of dental health education:
• Insufficient and very general information • Complicated and conflicting messages • Simple, clear and consistent messages • Tailored advice
Dissatisfaction with delivery of dental health education: Improving the delivery of dental health education:
• Tone • Increasing attention and expression of understanding
Child health centres Little priority for oral health promotion Referring to a (paediatric) dentist at an early age
Dissatisfaction with content of dental health education: Integrating dental health education into general consultation visits (e.g. by assistant in waiting room)
• Insufficient and very general information • Complicated and conflicting messages (oral health and general health) Providing information leaflets or showing video’s in waiting room
Schools Age of children: late advice and prevention Delivering dental health education at schools
School dental health education: no long term effect on behaviour change Organizing theme projects at schools
Implementing dietary regulations at schools
Promoting fruit days at schools
Kindergarten   Organizing tooth brushing group activities: learning by doing
Delivering dental health education to parents in group discussions at the day care centre
Social welfare   Collaborating between dental professionals and social welfare: providing parenting support
Health insurance companies Commercial interests Providing information leaflets and oral hygiene aids
Privacy issues Providing lists of dental practices in the area