Home-based Settings

Home-based interventions attempt to involve the entire family in efforts to promote oral health. For example, through interactions between children and parents or guardians, families can help to provide routines of brushing and flossing after meals and snacks. Likewise, the family is a useful source of social support for the challenges associated with having an oral disease or condition (e.g., social acceptance, dietary restrictions).

Previous work in home-based settings has found:

  • Given the evidence for the efficacy of home-based programs in improving parenting skills of low-income parents of preschool children, a home-based oral health program may be the most developmentally appropriate and ecologically valid method of delivering health education to low-income, inner-city families.
  • Home-based oral health programs are particularly pertinent to community members who are unable to access education classes offered in the community (i.e., individuals with physical disability, limited mobility, no access to transportation, etc).
  • At home and in some of the other settings, intervention strategies often emphasize emotional support (e.g., encouragement to brush and floss regularly) alone or in addition to these other forms of support.
  • The Internet is becoming an increasingly popular setting to provide oral health information for those living in rural areas with limited reach and availability of programs, as well as those who are homebound.

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