Community Dental Campaign

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Community Dental Campaign Introduction With dental caries on the rise, a tooth brushing demonstration was needed for preschoolers. The demonstration was given at Prince of Peace Preschool for three to five year olds. The demonstration involved singing the ABC song three times (which is the equivalent of two minutes) and getting all surfaces of the teeth. The demonstration also involved an oral pre and post test quizzing preschoolers’ knowledge of dental hygiene. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss were sent home with the children. A letter was sent to the parents explaining the demonstration and the dental screening needed before the start of elementary school, and the start of high school. This topic is important to all children in improving their dental health and overall health. There needs to be much more focus put on this issue in all children. Dental caries is a preventable condition that needs to be brought to the forefront to improve children’s health. Intervention There are several health concerns for young children. According to Healthy People 2020, “Children are at risk for conditions such as: asthma, obesity, dental caries, child maltreatment, developmental and behavioral disorders” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). Early childhood is defined as birth to age eight, and the middle child is age six to 12. “Dental caries are stated to be the most common chronic childhood disease of children aged 5 to 17 years and is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever” (Bagramian, Garcia-Godoy & Volpe 2009). The intervention chosen was preventing dental caries in early childhood by teaching preschoolers to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day. Preventio... ... middle of paper ... ...n., Murtomma., Vahid-Golpayegani., & Vehkalahti (2008). Mothers as facilitators of oral hygiene in early childhood. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 18, 48-53. Doi: 10.1111/j.1365-263X.2007.00861.x Retrieved May 14, 2014, from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-263X.2007.00861.x/abstract;jsessionid=DB171102028EDF1ECDB973F31C7FFA97.f02t03?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false Tinanoff, Kanellis, & Vargas. (2002). Current understanding of the epidemiology, mechanisms, and prevention of dental caries in preschool children. Scientific Article, 24, 543-551. Retrieved January 1, 2014, from http://www.aapd.org/assets/1/19/Tinanoff11-02.pdf U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2013). "Healthy People 2020 - Improving the Health of Americans." Retrived May 2, 2014, from http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/default.aspx
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