Influence of family structure and gender on oral health behavioral characteristics in siblings, a narrative review

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Aim: To comprehensively address the concerns regarding the influence of family structure and gender osibling oral health behavioral characteristics. Background: The maintenance of one’s oral health is influenced by the behavioral characteristics and structure of a family, parental attitudes, presence or absence of siblings, paternal and maternal behavior and the gender of the child. The intricate, subtle and sensitive directives a child’s mind perceives and receives on a daily basis within the home environment plays a vital role in determining the mind set of a child in relation to oral health. Clinical significance: Psychology, Psychiatry, Sociology, Developmental Physiology, Sibling behavior patterns and background family factors are key related fields in the formative years which guide us for a comprehensive understanding. Comprehending the intricately networked branches of behavioral sciences and sibling behavior helps us to refine our response to patients, for improved oral health counsel and advise. Conclusion: Adoption of the best practices for improving oral health related interaction at home and for bringing about a sensitive and constructive approach in the mindset of siblings contribute to improved health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-223
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2018


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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