Dental disease is a common health problems for children and many end up being admitted to hospital. To prevent future oral health problems the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend that local authorities focus their oral health promotion efforts on children. Whilst there is research into methods of prevention, there is little in the way of how to support parents as they will often be the point of contact for this information, and in some cases performing the actions.
The aim of the research project is find effective methods of support for parents. The team are working with Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) who work with first-time mothers offering a home visit programme. The team interviewed mothers enrolled on the programme and explored what does and what doesn’t work when it comes to baby dental care. Using information gathered from this, they are offering an oral health work to support, encourage and provide the necessary materials needed to protect their child’s teeth. The effect of this will be examined at a later date. Read more about the project here.