As part of the birth centenary celebrations of Rajaguruthilaka HH Jagadguru Dr Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, JSS University conducted oral healthcare education programme for the children of government schools in Mysuru. The Pedodontics and Faculty of Preventive Dentistry conducted the programme.
Oral health education on brushing technique by professionals
The program consisted of an oral health education lecture educating the proper brushing technique, use of appropriate size tooth brush for the relevant age, routine three-monthly disposal of the used tooth brush, appropriate amount of toothpaste use and appropriate frequency of brushing with time. The children were also given in live simulator model demonstration for correct method of brushing in easy understandable language during school assembly or in break time of mid-day meals or milk scheme.
To practice a proper brushing technique child has to remember sixteen different anatomical positions which are difficult. Recent studies have reported that it is very difficult to find a correct method of brushing in social media for both adult and children. So with experience and research Department of Pedodontics and preventive dentistry of Faculty of dentistry, constituent colleges of JSS University have designed a novel brushing method for children based on the sequence learning principle. This method of brushing is already in practice by children of Sutturu Free School which was found to be very effective.
This technique advocates use of age appropriate volume of toothpaste onto a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. This is an open mouth technique in which child is asked to brush his/herr teeth in a small clockwise circular motion. Brushing starts from outer surfaces of front upper teeth moving on to left, then left, front and right inner surfaces and right outer surface to finish with the position from which it is started. Lower teeth will also follow the same sequence after which all four chewing surfaces are brushed with horizontal scrubbing.
Oral health education through teacher
The teachers of schools were provided with teaching material containing booklets in which the tooth decay process, diet and its importance, preventive protocols and oral hygiene measures were explained in simple equation format so that teachers would further educate and reinforce the children regarding oral health even in absence of oral care providers.
The program started on June 7 this year and progressed weekly three days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) for 16 days to cover 176 government higher and lower primary schools across 176 villages of Mysore taluk covering 14, 115 children. This noble cause of educating the younger generation in and around Mysuru is headed by Dr Nandlal B (Prof), Dr Raghavendra Shanbhog (Reader), Mahendra (Oral Hygienist).