Special Issue "Inter-Professional Oral Health Education"

A special issue of Dentistry Journal (ISSN 2304-6767). This special issue belongs to the section "Dental Education".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Brent Lin
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Guest Editor
Department of Orofacial Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
Interests: inter-professional education; public health; pediatric dentistry; clinical and translational research; global and community oral health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite the general decline of dental caries incidence in the recent years, dental disease remains prevalent among the population of underserved communities and presents challenges in disease management and prevention globally. The oral health disparity has been attributed to a lack of access to care and an uneven distribution of resources and dental workforce. Children, elderly, and those with special needs are particularly vulnerable to this predisposition due to dependency on others for care.  Engaging primary care providers of other healthcare professions could potentially improve care access and, hence, an early detection of dental disease and referral of the high-risk populations for timely intervention. Curricula on oral health education and interdisciplinary clinical training for the non-dental primary care providers have been developed and implemented worldwide, and data on the outcome assessment and effectiveness of training modules have been collected and analyzed. In this Special Issue, we would like to elicit scientific interest and research focused on the inter-professional oral health education and provide a platform to disseminate scientific information. We sincerely invite and call on all prospective authors to kindly submit their manuscript(s) for consideration of publication on this critical topic.

Prof. Brent Lin
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Inter-professional education
  • oral health
  • primary care
  • children
  • elderly
  • special needs
  • oral health disparity
  • access to care
  • vulnerable population
  • public health
  • underserved communities
  • dental disease.

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Dental Caries Preventive Considerations: Awareness of Undergraduate Dental Students
Dent. J. 2020, 8(2), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8020031 - 01 Apr 2020
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The aim of this study was to assess awareness and knowledge of undergraduate dental students of common caries-related preventive considerations and to highlight these factors in a concise manner to act as a guide for dental practitioners. A sample of 118 undergraduate students [...] Read more.
The aim of this study was to assess awareness and knowledge of undergraduate dental students of common caries-related preventive considerations and to highlight these factors in a concise manner to act as a guide for dental practitioners. A sample of 118 undergraduate students at a local government dental school was included. An interactive survey that contains questions related to common preventive strategies against dental caries was presented to the students. The survey contained 22 questions concerning dietary and therapeutic strategies. Students casted their votes using their mobile cellphones. The correct answer for each question was shown to the students, and further discussion was held. Data was collected, and the statistical analysis was conducted using one-sample z- and chi-squared tests at 0.05 significance level. The students answered the questions related to oral hygiene practices, xylitol, and the common knowledge regarding fluoride. The questions related to the use of chlorhexidine, dietary factors, and fluoride formulations were answered mostly incorrectly. The students seemed to grasp details of important concepts of flossing, brushing, reducing frequency of sugar exposure, and the use of fluoride products. Still, more emphasis should be given to increase students’ awareness of dietary guidelines for caries prevention, since adequate knowledge of these modalities is paramount for graduating dentists. Full article
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Pediatric Dental Education Improves Interprofessional Healthcare Students’ Clinical Competence in Children’s Oral Health Assessment
Dent. J. 2019, 7(4), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj7040106 - 13 Nov 2019
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Primary care and healthcare providers can facilitate children’s timely referral to a dental home. However, there are few studies of providers’ oral health knowledge and clinical skills. This study aims to improve future healthcare providers’ knowledge, confidence, attitude, and clinical competence in assessing [...] Read more.
Primary care and healthcare providers can facilitate children’s timely referral to a dental home. However, there are few studies of providers’ oral health knowledge and clinical skills. This study aims to improve future healthcare providers’ knowledge, confidence, attitude, and clinical competence in assessing children’s oral health. Sixty-five health professional students participated in a 10-week didactic and clinical curriculum on children’s oral health. Fifty students completed pre- and post-training questionnaires and were assessed in their knowledge, confidence, and attitude. Calibrated examiners graded students’ clinical skills on a 24-point grading criterion. Descriptive statistics, paired sample t-test, and Pearson correlation were used in data analyses. Students were in dentistry (46%), nursing (28%), medicine (22%), and pharmacy (3%). Students significantly improved in knowledge (t = −7.71, p < 0.001), confidence (t = −10.30, p = <0.001), and attitude (t = −4.24, p = <0.001). Students on average scored 83% on clinical competence, with the highest average for fluoride varnish application (96%) and lowest for providing anticipatory guidance (69%). There was a moderate correlation between improvement in knowledge and their clinical skills (r = 0.39, p = 0.010). Interprofessional education improves students’ knowledge, confidence, attitude, and clinical competence in assessing children’s oral health. Such education is necessary in guiding future providers to gain adequate competence in serving children’s oral health needs. Full article
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Knowledge and Attitude of Midwifery Students on Oral Health Care
Dent. J. 2019, 7(3), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj7030083 - 01 Aug 2019
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Midwifery students can have an important role in transferring oral health care information to expecting mothers. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of an educational intervention on knowledge and attitudes of midwifery students on oral health in pregnancy. Study [...] Read more.
Midwifery students can have an important role in transferring oral health care information to expecting mothers. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of an educational intervention on knowledge and attitudes of midwifery students on oral health in pregnancy. Study population consisted of 60 midwifery students in a Midwifery School in Iran who were randomly allocated into case and control groups. Self-administered questionnaires were distributed before, immediately after the intervention and also three months later. The validity and reliability of the questionnaire was confirmed at the beginning. Mean total pre-test knowledge scores from total 10 in the interventional and control groups were 4.63 ± 0.25 (Standard Error, SE) and 4.79 ± 0.31 (SE) respectively. After three months scores reached to 8.87 ± 0.15 (SE) in the interventional and 5.57 ± 0.29 (SE) in the control groups. Mean attitude pre-test scores in the interventional group was 27.23 ± 0.75 (SE) and after the intervention reached to 31.13 ± 0.25 (SE). Lecture-based educational intervention improved the knowledge and attitudes of midwifery students on oral health care in pregnancy. Incorporating courses on oral health in pregnancy into the curricula of midwifery programs can be effective in promoting oral health care in pregnant women. Full article
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