Promoting oral health for mothers and children: A nurse home visitor education program

Judith Haber, Erin Hartnett, April Hille, Jessamin Cipollina

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The objective of this project was to determine if Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) nurses who received an oral health education session increased their oral health knowledge and practice behavior contributing to positive client oral health out-comes. A quasi-experimental design was used to investigate the impact of expo-sure to the oral health evidence-based curriculum on NFP nurses and clients. The oral health interventions took place during nurse home visits. The sample included 4 nurses from the Miami Florida NFP, a comparison group of 10 non-Miami NFP nurses, and 27 Miami NFP clients. A web-based 13-item nurse pre-post survey was used to assess the impact of oral health education on NFP nurs-es’ oral health knowledge and practice behaviors. A 10-item pre-post telephone survey was conducted with NFP clients to assess their oral health behaviors for self and child. Following an oral health educational session, NFP nurses demon-strated an increase in their oral health knowledge and developed evidence-based oral health practice behaviors. Clients who were given oral health education incorporated this into their childcare, which was associated with significantly improved oral health outcomes. It is recommended that NFP nurses integrate oral health as a standard of patient care in home visit assessments, education, and documentation throughout pregnancy, infancy, and toddlerhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-76
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Child
  • Community health nurses
  • Oral health
  • Pregnant women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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