OHPRG Bursary 2017

The Dental Health Foundation would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 OHPRG Bursary Award, Dr Caroline Marron, Dr Brigid Harney and Dr Colette Kelly.

Their project entitled Oral Health Education for New Parents aims to provide a brief oral health intervention among new parents to reduce the incidence of early childhood caries (ECC). The project involves creating an evidence-based caries prevention patient information leaflet aimed specifically at new parents. A patient-centred oral health education session will be carried out with new parents at their child’s 3, 7 and 18 month developmental checks in primary care centres in Dun Laoghaire, Irishtown and Wicklow Town. Parents knowledge and awareness of oral health will be assessed before and after the intervention. A clinical oral examination at the child’s 18-month developmental check visit will also be carried out.

Evidence has shown that targeting expectant and new mothers with health promotion information is a good opportunity as they have increased motivation to improve the health of their babies and therefore are more receptive to advice. The project is an opportunity to target this population group to reduce the incidence of ECC and that it has the potential to be expanded and developed further in the future.

Pictured below, from left to right, are Patricia Gilsenan O'Neill, Chief Executive, Dental Health Foundation presenting the 2017 OHPRG Bursary Winners Dr Caroline Marron, Dr Brigid Harney and Dr Colette Kelly with their Awards.