Dental Care and Health Promotion in the Pediatric Client
Authors: Sydney Fulton, Zane Gonzalez, Jordan Hinson, and Alexis Ruley
Faculty Supervisor: Lydia Watkins, DNP, RN, CPNP
Dental hygiene is an overall indicator of health-related quality of life. A need was identified in the pediatric population for education regarding dental care and health promotion. After an extensive literature review, we planned an educational presentation for C.B. Greer Elementary School to increase awareness on proper nutrition and skills to maintain dental hygiene. We engaged this young age group by providing interesting facts and encouraged feedback to increase participation. Our group assessed the developmental level of students through interactive questioning on the subject matter. An oral cavity diorama was constructed to illustrate the appropriate process of brushing teeth and flossing. Through our education, we visually addressed the need to floss as well as brush to remove additional debris. Two oversized tooth models were utilized to provide an interactive learning experience that demonstrated beneficial and poor dietary choice and their impact on the teeth. Through this presentation our goal is to reduce comorbidities throughout the lifespan associated with poor dental hygiene and nutritional choices such as dental caries, diabetes, and heart disease.