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Revista Cubana de Estomatología

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PODADERA VALDES, Zoila Rosa  y  FLORES PODADERA, Heydi. Assessment of the impact of the "Breast Feeding and its preventive role in tooth and jaw abnormalities" workshop, 2003. Rev Cubana Estomatol [online]. 2004, vol.41, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1561-297X.

With the objective of assessing the impact of comprehensive training workshop on the role of breast-feeding in the prevention of tooth and jaw abnormalities aimed at pregnant women, a prospective descriptive study of 42 pregnant women, who were admitted to the gynecological-obstetric area of "Abel Santamaría" provincial hospital from January 1st to March 31st, 2003 was conducted. Data were collected into a form that included a test to evaluate the level of knowledge of these women about the importance of breast-feeding in the prevention of tooth and jaw abnormalities. Analytical variables were age, job, origin and test marks. Once the test was applied, participating pregnant women were given a workshop on this topic and later, they made the test again. Before the training course, their level of knowledge on the significance of breast-feeding and the masticatory function on the development of the stomatognatic system was poor at the various age groups and biological and psycho-social variables studied. The most difficult topics were those related with jaw, nasal respiration and deglutition development. It was concluded that the training workshop for pregnant women had a great impact since it succeeded in conveying basic pieces of knowledge about natural feeding and the introduction of solid feeding in addition to the role of breast-feeding in the prevention of tooth and jaw abnormalities.

Palabras clave : breast-feeding; tooth abnormalities; jaw abnormalities.

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