Educating StudentsOn Oral CareThe importance and how–tos of oral health careBy: Nicole Marson
“Oral diseases are progressive and cumulative; ignoring oral health problems can lead to needless pain and suffering, infection, loss offunction, increased health care costs, and life- long consequences in educational, social, andoccupational environments” (Pediatric, 2011).
Introduction• Only 25% of people floss at least five times a week (Health Canada, 2009).• Purpose • Program which sends dental hygiene students through elementary and highschools to education children on the importance of oral health care while being able to practice their communication skills in oral education• Children gain knowledge and skills• Dental hygiene students gain oral hygiene education skills(NMhealth, N.D., picture 10)
Gum Disease Is Chronic!• 9-17% of children aged 3-11 years have gingivitis (Stephen, 2012).• The most common form of gum disease is chronic gingivitis.
Prevalence of Attachment Loss of 4mmor Greater By Age (Nield-Gehrig & Wilmann, 2011, p. 86)
Untreated Cavities/DentalRestoration By Age Preventable with daily plaque removal and avoidance of sugary foods! (ODHA, N.D.)(CDC, 2012, Second Heading)
Why Is This ProgramImportant For Schools?• More likely to retain skills learned at young age• Misinformation and improper techniques put children at high risk of developing diseases. • Ex. easy to learn scrub method is no longer acceptable• Hands on experience• Education
Why It Is Good For DentalHygiene Students• Provide oral health education• Prepare and practice case presentations• Work with communicating oral health issues to youth
How This Will Happen• Dental hygiene instructors • Call • Organize Time Periods• Students will work in their clinic groups and will organize a way to get to the school and work together as a team• Complete a follow up assignment on their experience
To Conclude…• This program… • Helps children with basic skills • Help children understand the importance of healthy mouth • Gives students opportunity to communicate oral health education with children • Promotes positive oral health trends!
ReferencesCDC. (2012). Selected Oral Health Indicators in the United States, 2005–2008. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db96.htmHealth Canada. (2009). Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS). Retrieved from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/pubs/oral-bucco/fact-fiche-oral-bucco-stat-eng.phpNield-Gehrig, J., & Wilmann, D. (2011). Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & WilkinsNMhealth. (N.D.). Oral Health Education Training by OOH Staff Photo Gallery. Retrieved fromhttp://nmhealth.org/PHD/OOH/gallery.shtmlODHA. (N.D.). Oral Health For Children – A Parent’s Guide. Retrieved from http://odha.on.ca/PDFs/5childrenWeb.pdfPediatric Dentistry. (2011). Policy on Model Dental Benefits for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Individuals With Special Health Care Needs. Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=84edee28-a794-4909-b2c7-01764c271aeb %40sessionmgr12&vid=1&hid=19&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3dStephen, James. (2012). Gingivitis. Retrieved from http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/763801-overview#a0199