Parents experiences of tooth brushing with children: a qualitative study

Yorkshire & HumberGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 1 Jan 2014


Globally, dental caries is one of the most prevalent diseases and is more common in children living in deprived areas. Dental caries is preventable and guidance in the UK recommends Parental Supervised Brusing (PSB) which is a collection of behavious including twice daily tooth brushing with fluoridated toothpaste that should begin upon eruption of the first tooth (approximately 6-12 months of age), and that "children need to be helped or supervised by an adult when brushing until at least seven years of age".

Aim of the study

The aim of this study was to explore with parents from deprived areas of the UK their experiences of tooth brushing with their young children and establish barriers and facilitators to parental supervised brushing at individual, interpersonal and environmental levels using the Theretical Domains Framework (TDF).

Dr Peter Day