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Table 3 Key lessons learnt from needs assessment

From: Using intervention mapping to develop a home-based parental-supervised toothbrushing intervention for young children

Key lessons learnt about barriers/facilitators and intervention content and delivery
• Need to educate parents as lack of parent-targeted oral health programmes currently.
• Education on oral health needs to begin early in a child life.
• Family background, including parents own oral health, and the influence of the extended family and culture can have an impact on oral health.
• Need to emphasise the personal responsibility of parents to take care of child’s oral health.
• Need to highlight dental caries preventable and show consequences of brushing vs. not brushing.
• Oral health messages need to be consistent.
• Intervention needs to be user-friendly, fun and interactive (e.g. peer support, use of videos, practical demonstrations, phone Apps and novelty toothbrushes).
• Wider parenting skills (e.g., routine setting and behaviour management) highly important to toothbrushing behaviour.
• Language barriers and cultural sensitivity are key considerations in the development of an intervention.
• Signposting to existing services would be useful to parents.
• Interventions should be delivered through existing community services (e.g. health visitors, children’s centres).
• Parenting programmes are a potential means of addressing wider parenting skills and delivering an intervention with an existing community provision.