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Public Health Care in Dentistry I

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Accepted:21.03.2019
Study Course Information
Course Code:ZTMVK_049LQF level:Level 6
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Oral MedicineTarget Audience:Dentistry
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Egita Senakola
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Conservative Dentistry and Oral Health
The Head of Structural Unit:Anda Brinkmane
Contacts:Rīga, Dzirciema iela 20,,, +371 67455560
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (count)10Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures20
Classes (count)5Class Length (academic hours)4Total Contact Hours of Classes20
Total Contact Hours40
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Preventive Dentistry course, Periodontology.
To raise awareness of possibilities for public dental care, to create positive, professional attitude to promotion of general and oral health and to raise awareness of planning and development of different oral health promotion and education programmes for different age groups.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Introduction in to dental public health - historical aspects. Primary oral health care. Alma Ata declaration, Ottawa Charter. Strategies recommended to prevent and control chronic diseases and oral diseases (common risk factor approach).Lectures1.00auditorium
2Oral health education and promotion. Historical development. Differing approaches (preventive, behaviour change, education, social change). Health education planning model, methods and materials, team approach. Oral health improvement approaches. Upstream and downstream concept.Lectures1.00auditorium
3Oral health care models in Europe. Oral health care model in Latvia.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Sugars classification. Evidence on sugar and caries. Recommendations on diet to prevent dental caries and erosions. Dietary counselling in the dental practice. Guidelines.Lectures1.00auditorium
5Prevention of dental trauma. Epidemiology and aetiology. First aid for crown fracture and avulsed tooth. Information to the public about dental trauma, developing public dental trauma awareness, guidelines for preventive actions. Video.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Smoking and oral health. Epidemiological data. Secondhand smoke, women and smoking. Most significant effects of smoking on the oral cavity. Nicotine replacement products.The role of dental team in smoking cessation programmes.Lectures1.00auditorium
7Dental hnygienist education models in the world and Latvia. Historical aspects. Professional standart in Latvia. Prevention hour at dental hygiene practice.Lectures1.00auditorium
8Oral health education programmes to promote oral health (in all age groups) introduced in the world. Best practice examples, also in Latvia.Lectures1.00auditorium
9WHO and other documents, to call for action in oral health promotion.Lectures1.00auditorium
10Acquaintance with the practice statutes to attend kindergartens and schools to educate children to improve their oral health. Acquaintance with the programme "Oral health promotin for kindergartens in Riga city", 2014, book 1- 58 p., booklet 1-8 p., 2 posters.Lectures1.00auditorium
11Oral health education and promotion in all age groups: diet and nutrition, sugars in the diet, sugar substitutes.Classes1.00auditorium
12Oral health education and promotion in all age groups: effects of tabacco on oral health, helping patients change their smoking habits. Dental trauma prevention. Mouthguards.Classes1.00auditorium
13Students' presentations about their lectures and games for the kindergarten children. Practice at kindergartens and pre-schools.Classes1.00auditorium
14Practice at kindergartens and pre-schools.Classes1.00other
15Students' presentations - about their practice at kindergartens and pre-schools. Evaluation.Classes1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Students prepare a review of the assigned readings to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge during seminars, to make presentations and informative booklets. To draw up and implement a lesson plan on promoting oral health for children at kindergartens or preschools. To present the experience gained at the placement (kindergarten or preschool) during the last study course seminar.
Assessment Criteria:
Written tests during the study course, oral presentations and produced booklets in oral health education. Students’ report on the practise in oral health education at kindergartens or preschools.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Test (Semester)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Will include understanding of the principles of primary health care, common risk factor approach, systems for Oral healthcare in Latvia and abroad. Understanding of principles, approaches for oral health promotion and education, role of the dental team in oral and health promotion.
Skills:Upon completion of the course the students will be able to evaluate and use into their practical work the basic principles of health promotion and education. Will be able at first to understand and suggest preventive programmes and strategies opposite to treatment regimen in dentistry. Will be able to evaluate dental patients' preventive needs - eating habits, dental hygiene skills, give smoking cessation advices, educate dental patients how to prevent dental trauma and act in case of a trauma.
Competencies:Upon completion of the course the students will have ability to educate dental patients and to provide primary oral health care for population in different age groups. Will have ability to develop and take part in the process of implementation of different oral health promotion programmes for different age groups.
Required Reading
1Chestnutt I.G. Dental Public Health at a Glance., Wiley Blackwell, 1st Edition, 2016, 124 p.
2Daly B., Watt R.G., Batchelor P., Treasure E. Essential Dental Public Health. Oxford University Press, 2002.
3Fejerskov O., Kidd E. Dental Caries. The Disease and its Clinical Management. Munksgaard, 2003.
4Felton A., Chapman A., Felton S. Basic Guide to Oral Health Education and Promotion. Wiley Blackwell, 2nd Edition, 2014, 300 p.
5Helping dental patients to quit tobacco. 2nd ed. Public Health England, 2014.
6Mason J. Concepts in Dental Public Health. 2nd ed. Philadelphia:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010.
7Mostofsky D.I., Fortune F. Behavioral Dentistry. Wiley Blackwell, 2nd Edition, 2014, 11-26, 237-250, 323-348.
Additional Reading
1Brinkmane A., Senakola E., Veldre O., Mironova A. Mutes veselības mācības programma pirmsskolas izglītības iestādēm. Rīga: Mutes veselības fonds, 2014; 60. lpp. (ISBN 978-9934-14-427-1).
2EU Manual of Dental Practise. 5th Edition, 2014.
3E.Senakola, A.Brinkmane, L.Kroniņa. Mutes dobuma veselība pirmsskolas vecuma bērniem Latvijā. Doctus, 2018, Nr.9, 35.-38.lpp.
4E.Senakola, I.Maldupa, S.Uribe, M.Ņizamovs. Mutes veselības pētījums skolēniem Latvijā 2015./2016. mācību gads. ISBN (pdf) 978-9934-514-36-4, 1-56.lpp.
5Sheiham A., Bonecher M. Promoting Children`s Oral Health: Theory and Practice. Quintessence LTDA, 2005.
6Kā palīdzēt pacientiem atmest smēķēšanu : rokasgrāmata primārās un ...
Other Information Sources
1Cochrane Library, Science Direct, SAGE, ProQuest, OVID, Willey online library, EBSCO, Dyna Med.