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Team 2 B Slt Oral Health Strategy Version 10


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  • 1. Team 2B SLT - Oral health strategy A
  • 2. Background
    • NZ provides free basic dental care for all children up to the age of 18.
    • This is having a positive impact on children's oral health – the average 8 year old's teeth are far healthier than new entrants' teeth, particularly those from lower socio-economic groups.
    • But not everyone is making use of free services and the disparity in oral health between low and high socio-economic groups reappears in adulthood (Ministry of Health, 2007).
  • 3. Background continued...
    • Our aim is to increase awareness about oral health services and to educate children about oral hygiene from a young age, so that they maintain good habits throughout life.
  • 4. Government and local actions so far
    • The Ministry of Health (MOH) has a 10 year strategic plan called “Good Oral Health for All”.
    • On its website, the MOH provides relevant information about how parents should help their children care for their teeth.
    • The government has also agreed to fund a programme aimed at re-orienting child and teenage health services.
  • 5. Actions continued...
    • This includes the establishment of the Oral Health Research Fund, which amounts to $100,000/annum for 3 years towards oral health research.
    • As well as this, organisations, such as the Regional Co-ordination Service, works with local groups to increase awareness of services (Ministry of Health, 2007).
  • 6. Actions continued...
    • Dental practices have their own strategies aimed at increasing awareness about oral hygiene.
    • Lumino in Auckland, for instance, invites Year 12 students to visit on WorkChoice day and teaches them about oral health, as well as potential careers in dentistry (Workchoice Trust, 2008).
  • 7. Goals
    • Our goal is to get more children involved in their own oral hygiene. Parents are busy people. Oral hygiene is not always at the top of the to-do list. We want to make it fun and easy for both parent and child.
    • Our aim is to educate children from a young age to ensure their teeth stay healthy, and their smiles stay beautiful throughout their lives. By targeting primary school aged children we want to break the cycle of decay in adolescence and adulthood .
  • 8. Goals continued…
    • We want children to develop their own oral hygiene habits and hopefully encourage the rest of the family to get involved as well.
    • By introducing a good oral health plan at school we aim to get teachers and parents involved in a reward based system. This system will be a positive and fun way for parents and teachers to encourage the development of good habits which will hopefully stick with them well after they leave school.
  • 9. Who Needs It Most?
    • Poor families. 
    • Māori and Pacific children.
    • Children living in areas where water is not fluoridated.
    • Children under long-term medical care.
  • 10. Implementation
    • Our strategy for implementing our oral health campaign is a school road show
    • There are examples of many similar successful campaigns such as the Life Education Trust
    • Our campaign will be based around two characters
  • 11. Tommy the Tooth Tommy the tooth is our central character. He will be a fun filled advisor on Oral Hygiene.
  • 12. Captain Floss Tommy’s friend in the fight for Oral Hygiene.
  • 13. Activities and Entertainment
    • Captain Floss and Tommy the Tooth will appear as puppets.
    • Educational videos and demonstration cards will be used to help the children learn how to brush and floss their teeth effectively.
  • 14. Activities Continued...
    • Quizzes and small prizes will be given out during the course to encourage them to learn. E.g. colourful tooth brushes.
    • Tooth brushing and flossing charts will be given out to see the progress that they have made. These charts will be checked regularly by teachers and parents.
  • 15. Implementation
    • Parents will be invited to attend road shows to help educate the whole family rather then just children.
    • Reward charts will be offered to help parents encourage regular cleaning.
    • The road show will start off in low socioeconomic areas such as South Auckland
  • 16. Measurement
    • The success of the road show will be measured using a range of data provided by school dental records.
    • This will determine if the campaign should be rolled out nationwide.
  • 17. References
    • Dr Marino's Family Dentistry. (2008). Retrieved May 21, 2008, from
    • Life Rollercoaster. (2008). Floss . Retrieved May 22, 2008, from
    • Ministry of Health. (2008). Promoting oral health: A toolkit to assist the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of oral health promotion in New Zealand . Wellington, New Zealand. Retrieved 9 June, 2008, from$File/promoting-oralhealth-a-toolkit-jan08.pdf
    • Ministry of Health. (2007). Oral Health- Child Dental Care . Retrieved March 22, 2008, from
    • Prestonwood Dental. (2004). Facts on Flossing . Retrieved May 9, 2008, from
    • Thompson, w. M., Poulton, R., Milne, B. J., Caspi, A., Broughton, J. R. & Ayers, K. M. S. (2004). Socioeconomic inequalities in oral health in childhood and adulthood in a birth cohort. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemology 32 (5): 345-353. Retrieved April 20, 2008, from
    • Workchoice Trust. (2008). Retrieved May 20, 2008, from