Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Oral Biology

Degree Program

Oral Biology, MS

Committee Chair

Greenwell, Ann Lake

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Darling, Daouglas

Committee Member

Darling, Daouglas

Committee Member

Mayer, Lee

Author's Keywords

Parental assessment of oral health; oral health education; physician office oral health education; dental office oral health education; health department oral health education


Purpose: To identify the relation between oral health education and parental assessment of their child’s dental condition. Methods: Our study population included 33,342 children, from Smile KY! annual screenings from 2002 to 20014. Data collection was through questionnaire forms. Our primary risk factor was “dental health instructions received” (yes/no) and our outcome of interest was “parental assessment of your child’s dental health” (good/fair/poor). We had 13 years of data from 2002 to 2014 and used ‘SAS’ statistical software for data manipulation and recoding. Descriptive statistics, chi-square test of independence, trend analysis and multiple logistic regression modeling were performed on ‘SPSS’ and ‘SAS’ statistical software at P P