Abstract

Globally, around 530 million children suffer from caries. Several attempt shave been made to improve oral health, including oral health (OH) promotion in schools.Teachers as students’ role models are expected to play an active role in promoting OH,especially for special need students who need basic life skills for a better quality of life. Literatureshows at the school age, children spend a large portion of their time with teachers, which leads tothe possibility of their mother figure being replaced somewhat by their teacher. Teachers with goodknowledge and attitudes about OH could effectively influence students and potentially play animportant role in successful OH promotion.Literature findings indicate that teachers can demonstrate to regular students how to correctlybrush teeth better than dentists; education by teachers decreases children’s plaque index, gingivalindex and caries risk, and increases brushing frequency and OH knowledge.For special needs students, findings show several different possible outcomes related to thespecial needs of each student.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1639-1647
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of International Dental and Medical Research
Volume14
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Human and health
  • Oral health
  • Regular students
  • Special need students
  • Teachers

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