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2021 Service-Learning Symposium: Dental Hygiene Habits in Children

Presentation Details

Dental Hygiene Habits in Children

Authors: Sydney Duarte, Mya Soto, Courtney Thompson, Josephine Harris, Sara K. Tootle, Josh Westmoreland, and Jessilyn Hilton

Faculty Supervisor: Beverly Rowe, MSN, CNE, RN

Community Partner: FACES PreKindergarten Center

Abstract:

As a group, we will motivate the students to participate in our dental hygiene puppet show through a video filled with fun facts, and a special theme song with lyrics.  We also establish proper techniques for dental hygiene and evaluated the effectiveness through the teach-back method. As a group we performed an age-appropriate puppet show for preschoolers in which we displayed the necessity of brushing, flossing and rinse your teeth daily. The project implemented the importance of keeping your teeth clean. We explain that tooth decay can be prevented if we eat less sugar.  We also explained that a cavity is a hole in your tooth which is caused by plaque, so therefore it’s important to make good food choices. I believe that dental hygiene is being neglected because we have to wear masks, and some people neglect their teeth and gums because their mouth is covered. So, we as a community have to continue to practice and teach our children the importance of good dental hygiene to prevent dental caries and infection in the future.