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ROBLES, Ana Carolina Couto; GROSSEMAN, Suely  and  BOSCO, Vera Lúcia. Practices and meanings of oral health: a qualitative study with mothers of children assisted at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, suppl.2, pp.3271-3281. ISSN 1678-4561.

This research aimed to know oral health practices and meanings of mothers whose children were attended in the dental pediatric clinics of the Federal University of Santa Catarina. The qualitative method, case study, was used and data were collected by semi-structured interview. The studied population consisted of seven mothers that took their children to odontologic attendance at the university. It was observed that despite previous negative odontologic experiences, economic difficulties and pregnancy have also influenced those mothers to look for and adhere to dental care. The dental visits occurred, mostly, for curative assistance. The mothers took care of their children's teeth because it was considered a maternal responsibility, to prevent dental caries and their consequences, to avoid wasting money with expensive treatment and children's bad experiences with dentists. Mothers received information on the subject from dentists, doctors, nurses, schools, mass communication media and odontology students. Despite of their desire in taking care adequately of their children's health, those mothers don't always have favorable socio-economic conditions to put the obtained instructions into practice.

Keywords : Oral health; Perception; Health behavior; Mothers; Qualitative study.

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