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Conference Paper: Oral Health Education of Schoolchildren Through Audio-Visual Methods

Citation: „Oral health education of schoolchildren though audio-visual methods”. Authors: Loredana  Dumitraşcu, Adina Mihaela Dumitrache, Ruxandra Ionela Sfeatcu, Lucian  Podoleanu, Elena Podoleanu. 3rd Intenational Conference on E-health and  Bioengineering-EHB 2011, 24-26 nov Iaşi, România. ISBN 978-606-544-078-4.  Proceedings pg. ix.

ABSTRACT

The teaching methods used in oral health education have an important impact on changing children’s attitudes and behaviors. This study took place in 2009, in the School No. 135 „Ştefan cel Mare”, placed in Ferentari neighborhood.

METHOD

Participants included 194 children from the second and third grade, 55% boys and 45% girls. We used a 16-questions questionnaire measuring their attitudes and oral health behaviors. The teaching process was based on persuasive communication using audio-visual channels.

RESULTS

Results show a change in pupils’ behavior, the percent of children that brush their teeth after every meal increased, and the frequency of meals decreased. The attitude toward dental esthetics and intelligence, kindness, age and socio-economic status has changed, the number of the children that are victims of stereotypes decreased.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, the study demonstrates that using modern, audiovisual channels for sending the message has a significant impact on children. Adjusting the content and the presentation of the message to the age, cognitive development and interests of our target group will lead to important changes in their attitudes toward illness, treatments and dental care.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The authors gratefully acknowledge the contribution of Colgate – Palmolive for providing the educational film in order to improve the oral health related behavior of schoolchildren.

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Citation: „Oral health education of schoolchildren though audio-visual methods”. Authors: Loredana  Dumitraşcu, Adina Mihaela Dumitrache, Ruxandra Ionela Sfeatcu, Lucian  Podoleanu, Elena Podoleanu. 3rd Intenational Conference on E-health and  Bioengineering-EHB 2011, 24-26 nov Iaşi, România. ISBN 978-606-544-078-4.  Proceedings pg. ix.

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