Oral Health Education

Oral Health Education

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Oral Health Education prepares students and practitioners, to be a resource to health care consumers regarding the promotion of oral health. Included are detailed articulations concerning how individuals perceive oral health, how they can be motivated to improve oral health, and how oral health affects systemic health. Current consumer health care issues and their effect on oral health are explored - drawing the connection between lifestyle influences and systemic health. Additionally, it explores practical methods for helping the reader overcome communication difficulties between patients/clients, community organizations, and other healthcare organizations. The author also explores trends in health perceptions through the lifespan, from infancy to old age. Divided into two main sections, part I details current trends in dental health, oral health statistics, nutrition and lifestyle trends, communication styles and perceptions and prenatal to adolescent trends. Part II covers adult and elderly trends, special needs populations, chairside dental health education, community education, partnering with Allied Health practitinoers and educators, and the consumers view of oral health products.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 172.7 x 233.7 x 12.7mm | 272.16g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0131090518
  • 9780131090514
  • 1,263,932

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter contains a Summary, Critical Thinking, Activities, and References).

1. Current Trends in Dental Health.


Dental Health and Systemic Health.

Oral Health and the Dental Hygiene Process of Care.

An Overview of Barriers to Improved Oral Health.

Economic Barriers.

Access/Workforce Barriers.

Age Barriers.

Cultural Barriers.

Federal and State Programs.

Foundation for Patient Education.

2. Statistics on Oral Health.


Highlights from the Surgeon General's Report.

Current Trends in Disease Prevention.

National Health Care Issues and Oral Health Care.

Financial Cost Trends of Oral Health and Home Care.

Paying for Dental Care.

3. Nutrition, Lifestyle Trends, Oral and Systemic Health.

Introduction-Nutrition through the Lifespan.

Prenatal Nutrition Education.

Chairside Education of the Pregnant Patient.

Infant Nutrition Education.

Early Childhood Nutrition.

Adolescent Nutrition Education.

Adult Nutrition Education.

Nutrition Education for the Older Patient.

The Fast Food Influence.

4. Communication Styles.



Active Listening.

The Learning Environment.

Learning Styles.

Using Learning Materials.

Teaching/Learning Techniques.

Effective Communication.

5. Learning Styles and Levels, Perceptions and Trends-Part I: Prenatal to Adolescent.



Preschool Age.

Elementary School Age.

Middle School and Teen Age.

6. Learning Styles and Levels, Perceptions and Trends-Part II: Adult to Elderly.


The Fearful Adult.

Older Adults.

7. Special Needs Populations.


The Challenges Faced by the Patient with Special Needs.

The Medically Compromised Patient.

The Patient in a Long-Term Care Facility.

The Physically Challenged Patient.

The Mentally Challenged Patient.

8. Providing Chairside Dental Health Education.


Individualized Dental Health Education.

Dental Disease Risk Assessments.

Risk Assessments.

Evaluating the Patient's Oral Hygiene.

The Oral Hygiene Education Plan.

Chairside Education.

Motivation and Learning.

Oral Hygiene Modifications.

Tobacco Use Cessation.

9. Education for Community Populations.


Basic Human Needs.

Duties to the Patient.

Duties to the Profession.

Preparing a Lesson Plan for Specific Groups.

How to Teach to Specific Groups.

Wrapping Up and Measuring the Results.

10. Partnering with Allied Health Practitioners and Educators.


How to Use Community Resources.

Developing Partnerships in Community Oral Health.

Teaching Others to Teach Oral Health Education.

Becoming a Consumer Advocate.

Professional Associations.

11. The Consumer's View of Oral Health Products.


Fluoride Products/Systems.


Dental Floss.


Tooth Whitening Systems.

Pit and Fissure Sealants.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance Program.

Advertising Dental Products.


A. Dentition Eruption Tables.

B. Examples of Some Drugs Causing Xerostomia, or Dry Mouth.

C. The Food Guide Pyramid.

D. Internet Resources.

E. Topics for Basic Oral Health Lessons.

F. Lesson Plan Form.

G. Plaque Formation Flow Chart/Caries Formation Flow Charts.


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About Karen Henderson

Vickie J. Kimbrough is the Dental Hygiene Program Director for Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.
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