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dc.contributor.advisor Rainisch, Bethany en_US Deltoro Macias, Yazmin 2023-03-07T22:55:38Z 2023-03-07T22:55:38Z 2023-03-07
dc.description.abstract Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States (U.S.) have special needs. The most common chronic disease among children in the U.S. is tooth decay, and it's entirely preventable. Untreated tooth decay leads to infection and pain, consequently leading to more complex, and expensive dental treatments. Children with untreated tooth decay will have a difficult time when they eat, sleep, speak, learn, and more. Tooth decay is affecting almost one billion children globally, making it a prevalent public health concern. The California Public Health Department report stated, that the children missed almost a million days of school each year due to tooth decay. Half of those days missed due to tooth decay were from kindergartners, and 70% from third-graders. In the City of Santa Clarita, the incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased by 370% in 12 years. One of the most commonly cited unmet healthcare needs for children with special needs is dental care. Children with ASD are more vulnerable to oral diseases than typically-developing individuals. This is due to their increased barriers to dental care services, medications, and dietary habits that increase risk. The current project includes prior research and interventions done on oral health prevention education amongst children with ASD. Also, a proposed intervention and strategy to be conducted by UCLA School of Dentistry, Oral Health Collaborative Consortium is covered. This proposal is evidence-based and founded on theory, utilizing constructs from the Health Belief Model. Essential to this project are the key constructs of perceived susceptibility, severity, the benefits to prevent tooth decay, and the factors that influence action (barriers, cues to action, and self-efficacy). This program will help increase the quality of life, and decrease tooth decay prevalence in our vulnerable population, children with ASD.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Yazmin Del toro Macias en_US
dc.format.extent iv, 0 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher California State University, Northridge en_US
dc.subject Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
dc.subject Tooth Decay
dc.subject Oral Health
dc.subject Santa Clarita Valley
dc.subject UCLA School of Dentistry
dc.subject Children with ASD
dc.subject Prevention
dc.subject.other Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Health Science. en_US
dc.title Oral health prevention among children with ASD in Santa Clarita
dc.type Thesis en_US 2023-03-07T22:55:39Z
dc.contributor.department Health and Human Development en_US M.P.H. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Spear, Suzanne en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Sawyer, Mirna en_US

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