Dental Health Foundation Bursary - Oral Health Promotion Research Group
20 Sep 2011
The 8th Annual Conference of the Oral Health Promotion Research Group (Irish Link) took place on Friday, 16th September 2011 in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin.
The theme was "Promoting Oral Health"
The Dental Health Foundation Bursary Awards for 2010 and 2011 were presented at the meeting.
The 2010 winner was Dr Caoimhin MacGiolla Phadraig, Ussher Lecturer in Public Dental Health (Disabilities Studies), Dublin Dental University Hospital with the health promotion programme entitled 'A Beginners Guide to Oral Health Promotion in longterm care: Lessons learned'.
Two awards were presented under the 2011 Bursary. The overall winners were Marin McInerney, Liz O'Reilly and Mary Carr, Health Education Officers (Oral Health). The programme was entitled 'Tooth Led Teens' and was developed by the Oral Health Promotion Team, HSE Dublin North East for post-primary schools in the Cavan/Monaghan Meath & Louth Areas.
The programme increased an awareness of oral health within the school environment. Teenagers had the opportunity to learn and practice effective toothbrushing skills and their presentation skills.
The second award was presented to Kellie O'Shaughnessy for her Oral Health Promotion Project. The aim of the programme is to improve and maintain the oral health of children under the age of sixteen, through regular visits to the dentist, effective plaque control and reduction of non milk extrinsic sugars (NMES) especially between meals.
'As a hygienist working in a private practice I believe there are families with children that would benefit from preventative care and advice. With the aim to improve and maintain the oral health of children, the programme involves the set up of an oral health clinic within the practice. The objectives are to create practice policies, educate in plaque control, encourage use of fluoride toothpastes and educate on sugars in the diet.' - Kellie O'Shaughnessy