The impact of parental oral health behaviors on the oral health of children


  • Raed Mohammed Alamoudi Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Al Thager Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Riham Adel Showlag Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Ministry of Health, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Noor Jamal Almujil College of Dentistry, Ibn Sina National College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdullah Mohammed Alzahrani University Medical Services Center, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Waad Ibrahim Aladwani Dental Department, Adham General Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Atheer Ahmad Alboeid College of Dentistry, Imam Abdurahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Yasmeen Taher Alsaleh College of Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Jenan Yasir Alali Cham Dental Clinics, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Atheer Jamil Alahmadi College of Dentistry, Ibn Sina National College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Lojain Mohammed Nayas Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Hanin Mathkar Al-Qahtani Armed Forces Hospitals, Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia



Dental health, Children, Parenting, Oral health behavior, Modelling


This review underscores the crucial role of parental oral health behaviors in shaping the oral health of children. It highlights the significance of parental knowledge, attitudes, and actions in influencing children's oral hygiene practices and overall well-being. Mothers, in particular, play a pivotal role in guiding their children's oral health habits. Parental oral health behaviors encompass a wide range of practices, including regular dental check-ups, proper oral hygiene routines, diet choices, and the avoidance of harmful habits like smoking and excessive sugar consumption. Active parental involvement in their children's oral care routines during their formative years is instrumental in establishing strong oral hygiene habits. Parents serve as primary role models and educators for their children, leading by example in maintaining good oral health practices. Encouraging parental engagement in oral health promotion programs is crucial for better oral health outcomes in future generations. Public health initiatives should emphasize the importance of parental involvement and provide resources and education to help parents instill sound oral health practices in their children. Recognizing the interconnectedness of oral health with overall well-being, it becomes evident that parental involvement is critical, especially for children who are vulnerable to oral health issues. Parents not only nurture and educate but also shape their children's oral health habits and attitudes. Additionally, contextual factors such as social, cultural, environmental, and economic conditions significantly influence family life and, consequently, oral health attitudes and behaviors.


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How to Cite

Alamoudi, R. M., Showlag, R. A., Almujil, N. J., Alzahrani, A. M., Aladwani, W. I., Alboeid, A. A., Alsaleh, Y. T., Alali, J. Y., Alahmadi, A. J., Nayas, L. M., & Al-Qahtani, H. M. (2023). The impact of parental oral health behaviors on the oral health of children. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 10(11), 4451–4456.



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