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Community Dentistry Department Wins Gems Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marcelle Salinda 1986   
Tuesday, 03 January 2006
October 20, 2005 is a landmark day for the UPCD Department of Community Dentistry (Comm Dent) for it was on that day that the Department received distinction as the First runner up in the Gems Award category of the annual UP Manila-sponsored Gems and Jewels Awards. Together with the award was a Php1.5 million grant from the Philippine Australian Community Assistance Program (PACAP) to support the various projects of the Department.

One of the key projects that will be supported by the PACAP grant is the publication of a book series on oral health for Daycare Center students. This project will be undertaken by members of the UP Smiles, a UPCD organization initiated by students of last school year’s Community Dentistry 31 (Batch 2006). The book series will be distributed to over 35 daycare centers established by the Akap Bata in Metro Manila.

Together with the launching of a book series, Comm Dent aims to incorporate oral health education in the curriculum of Akap Bata Daycare Centers. Daily activities on proper oral health care will be held during classes. In line with this, seminars/workshops will be conducted to increase the knowledge of Daycare Center Workers on oral health and on proper oral hygiene procedures. Hopefully in the future, the book series will be adopted by the Department of Education. Oral health educational materials will also be published for the parents of daycare pupils.

Comm Dent also aims to improve the oral health status of the special children enrolled at College of Allied Medical Profession’s Center for Therapeutic Services (CTS). Parents/caregivers of these special children are taught how to care for the children’s oral health. It is anticipated that a decrease in the children’s dmft and OHI-S scores will occur with an increased oral health awareness coupled with preventive dental treatment/management.

Reaching out to other communities by establishing partnerships in the promotion of preventive oral health is another project of Comm Dent. Initial talks with Marikina City Dental Officers have begun and a workshop on program planning, oral health status measurement and administration are in the works.

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