The Pacific Islands Families Study: Oral Health of Pacific Children Living in New Zealand

By Janis Paterson.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

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Published online: December 31, 2014 $US5.00

Research has demonstrated that Pacific children are less likely to be cavity-free than children from other ethnic groups living in New Zealand. This paper describes the oral health practices (tooth brushing, flossing) and oral health outcomes (toothaches, dental treatment). The maternal interview in the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) longitudinal study (n=1000) included questions about the oral health practices and outcomes in nine-year-old Pacific childen. The prevalence of child oral health outcomes and the influence of individual lifestyle and socio-demographic variables on these outcomes will be discussed. Findings revealed the significant impact of extensive sweet consumption and irregular tooth brushing on child oral health. The overrriding sociodemograhic and environmental factors will also be considered, as well as the way these factors affect access to oral health care and attitudes towards prevention.

Keywords: Oral Health, Pacific Children

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Volume 8, Issue 4, January 2015, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 31, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 511.911KB)).

Prof. Janis Paterson

Head of the School of Public Health and Psycosocial Studies, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand