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ERIC Number: EJ990814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
A Service-Learning Project to Eliminate Barriers to Oral Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs
DeMattei, Ronda R.; Allen, Jessica; Goss, Breanna
Journal of School Nursing, v28 n3 p168-174 Jun 2012
Children with special health care needs face many barriers to oral care and are at high risk for oral disease. School nurses are in a unique position to promote oral wellness in this vulnerable population. Collaboration between school nurses and dental hygiene faculty resulted in the formation of a partnership between a university-based dental hygiene program and two special education districts in rural southern Illinois. Senior dental hygiene students participated in a school-based service-learning project that provided dental examinations, preventive services, and education to children with special health care needs. Evidence-based behavioral interventions were used to teach children to comply with oral procedures. School nurses mentored dental hygiene students in behavior management of children. Dental exams were provided to 234 children from four special education schools with the majority receiving cleanings and fluoride.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois