Adolescents & Oral HealthTooth decay can stopped, reversed, and prevented! Natali Batros, Christine Joseph, Monisha Kumar, Holly Booker
Our Target Group & Educator • Adolescents • High School Students • Years 11-12 (Ages 16-18) • Both Male and Female • In Public School • Educator • Teacher • Oral health professional
Contents MONISHA • Our rationale • Dental Caries • Our products • Main aspects of stress related behaviour in adolescents • Student diary • Conclusion
Rationale MONISHA • Remember to talk about research methods such as Medline…etc..etc • Why adolescents are at risk of dental caries
Rationale MONISHA • The aim of our project is to provide a medium that can be used as tool for communicating that “tooth decay can be stopped, reversed and prevented” to adolescents.
Dental Caries MONISHA (Dental Caries Circles, 2001)
Our Products CHRISTINE • Educators booklet • Accompanying CD • Pamphlets • Diary
Educators booklet CHRIST Format – learning objectives, slide references, notes to educator and reference to diary Content How it will be used What is included?
Exercise & Energy CHRIST • By being physical active, you are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, a healthier body mass and composition. Such results will also assist in social development; build self confidence and social interactions (World Health Organisation, 2011). • Engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise daily
Sleeping Habits HOLLY Sweet Dreams. (n.d.). Retrieved March 22, 2011, from Women's Health Topics: http://womenshealthtopics.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/sweet-dreams/ • 80-90% of the population grind their teeth to varying degrees • Can result in fractures, loose teeth, tooth sensitivity, tension headaches • Cause tooth decay by thinning the enamel layer protecting the dentine, allowing demineralisation to occur more rapidly • Can be prevented through relaxation and visiting the dentist.
Social Life HOLLY • Studies show that alcoholics have three times higher permanent tooth loss than the national average for corresponding ages. • Bacteria in the biofilm convert sugars to energy with acid as a waste. • Can take up to 20 mins for the pH to stabilise again after drinking.
Extras in Educators Booklet HOLLY • How your school can help • Instructions on our student diary –how to use effectively
CD & Pamphlet HOLLY • Purpose of CD • Purpose of Pamphlet • (Handout Pamphlets)
Student Diary NAT • Features & Purpose
Student Diary NAT • How can this be used by the educator, and by chairside?
Limitations NAT • 1st hand research into target group • Time limitations • Funding
Conclusions NAT • Behaviour affects well being and oral health • Education for our target group • Formation of habits • Students have a basis of understanding of these behaviours and outcomes • Education, increasing awareness, and behaviour modification requires a collaborative approach
Conclusion NAT (MONISHA) • Topics covered in relation to adolescents and stress related behaviour were sleeping habits, diet, exercise and energy, caffeine quick fixes, and social life. • The aim of our project is to provide a medium that can be used as tool for communicating that “tooth decay can be stopped, reversed and prevented” to adolescents.
References • Dental Caries Circles. (2001, November 4). Retrieved March 24, 2011, from FAMILY GENTLE DENTAL CARE: http://www.dentalgentlecare.com/caries_circles.htm