Service Learning Project-NYCCT 2017 This presentation specifically targeted the geriatric population and how as they age their oral health decreases due to a number of factors. Factors such as: loss of dexterity, lack of dental insurance availably, and access to transportation to obtain dental services. With participation from seniors at the senior center, we evaluated with pre-surveys to assess their knowledge on oral health. We put together a Power point providing oral health education and various oral hygiene instructions. After the presentation, we gave them a post-survey to assess if their knowledge on oral health had increased in comparison to when they first walked in the door and we concluded with raffling off door prizes.
Head Start Fluoride Varnish Program 2017
8885 26th ave Brooklyn ,NY 11214
Dental caries is the most common pediatric disease in the United States. Most children who experience untreated dental caries are from low income families. The multi factor causes for caries include parents’ knowledge as well as attitudes and beliefs about the importance of dental health . It is vital to understand parents’ perceptions of their children’s oral health in order to motivate and advocate the importance of oral health. In recent years, there has been a worldwide reduction in the prevalence and severity of dental caries due to fluoride. Common sources of fluoride including: drinking water, toothpaste, mouth rinses and products applied in the dental office such as gel, foam and varnish. For this project, we visited a head start program for children ages 3 to 5. We included fun facts, toothbrushing demonstrations, and a game table. We conducted oral screenings and applied Fluoride varnish.