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J Dent Sch GYEAR__, 35(4): 143-149 Back to browse issues page
School-Based Oral Health Promotion: A Thorough Review
Mohammad Hossein Khoshnevisan *1, Mina Pakkhesal2, Mohammad Pooyan Jadidfard3, Gita Godarzi Nejad4
1- Preventive Dentistry Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Dept. of Community Oral Health, school of dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2- Dept. of Community Oral Health, Dental School, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran,
3- Dept. of Community Oral Health, Dental School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- Private Practice, Sheffield, UK
Abstract:   (1030 Views)
Objectives Schools are considered as important platforms for oral health promotion worldwide. Oral diseases are
preventable and any focus on schoolchildren can minimize suffering, reduce inequity, and create productive years of
healthy adulthood later on. Hence, we need to explore oral health promotion methods conducted within the school
systems in different countries. This is especially required for developing countries with limited resources.

Methods The PubMed database was searched for English peer-reviewed articles published from January 2000 to June
2017 with available abstracts, specifically focusing on primary school children aged between 7 and 12 years. “Oral
health”, “health promotion” and “school” were used as keywords in our search strategy. Relevant papers were
selected and reviewed by two independent readers using predefined exclusion criteria, firstly on the basis of abstracts,
secondly by assessing full-text papers.

Results From a total of 257 articles, 22 were eligible for analysis. Of all oral health related activities implemented in
schools, oral health education was mentioned in most studies (n=15) followed by supervised tooth brushing program in
schools with fluoride toothpaste (n=5), administration of fluoride (varnish/gel) (n=3), provision of nutritious food (n=3),
multimedia game or campaign (n=3), and tooth examination with screening (n=3).

Conclusion Improvement of children’s oral health related to school-based oral health programs is the result of a
combination of several interventions. The governments and other policy makers should consider implementing some
appropriate health promotion schemes in schools, which take local needs and resources into account.

Keywords: Oral Health, Health Promotion, Schools
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Type of Study: Reviewed Article | Subject: Special
Received: 2018/05/21 | Accepted: 2018/05/21 | Published: 2018/05/21
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Khoshnevisan M H, Pakkhesal M, Jadidfard M P, Godarzi Nejad G. School-Based Oral Health Promotion: A Thorough Review. J Dent Sch. 2017; 35 (4) :143-149
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