Education / Prevention
ADCERRA concentrates more on education and prevention, and promoting oral health awareness of importance among the population, focusing mainly on the younger generation.
Basic knowledge is taught on the anatomical structure and names of the teeth, their function, the eruption of primary and permanent teeth as well as their importance.
With proper care, teeth and gums can stay healthy for life time. The healthier the teeth and gums are, the less risk for tooth decay and gum diseases.
The functions of teeth: which teeth are used for biting and tearing, which ones for grinding and crushing the food, the importance to have all the teeth in good shape for life for a nice smile, speech and aesthetics.
Demonstration on how and when to brush the teeth and rinse the mouth.
What is the plaque and how to remove it? The film of bacteria that clings to teeth is named “plaque” and has to be removed by brushing twice a day.
The reasons of how and why the caries form, how tooth starts decaying and, if not treated, the cavities become deeper and bigger. It is explained in details that frequent consumption of sugary and junk food plus the lack of proper brushing, the bacteria from the plaque produce acids, which in turn lead to cavities.
About the healthy gum
To have healthy teeth a healthy gums is important. Healthy gums have a coral pink color, hug the teeth tightly. If the gums are not healthy, they bleed or puss: the teeth become loose, and starts to shift even falling out.
About the early restoration of primary and permanent teeth decay: the problem has to be rectified immediately, otherwise further the damage goes, bigger the problem becomes. Treatment such as sealant, filling, root canal treatment and extraction are explained.
About eating nutritious food: the students are requested to avoid too much sweets and other teeth damaging stuffs.
How is it taught?
Apart from formal narrative education, the students are engaged in games to emphasize the points from the narrative part of the education by:
Program “Child to Child” education: at the end of treatment, the children are given the role to play a dentist and are invited to check the teeth of others with a mirror – creating an atmosphere conducive to eliminate the fear of visiting a dental practitioner.
The children are given some games on oral health and nutrition such as storytelling, drama, card games, snake and ladder game.
Questions and Answers sessions: children are encouraged to ask questions to learn together which in turn help them to learn from each other.