Students Get Their Teeth Into Oral Health

Fri, 2001-08-17 01:00

Jodie Watson, Demi Dickson, Oral Health Promotion Adviser Sandra Laws and Sarah Croft

A group of students from Peterlee got the chance to learn about the importance of oral health.

The nine health and social care students from East Durham College participated in a seminar discussion with Oral Health Promotion Advisor, Sandra Laws, to aid their studies.

The students learnt about caring for young children’s teeth, general oral hygiene, dentures, plaque and various oral diseases and conditions, including mouth cancer, gum disease and thrush.

Student Jodie Watson, 18, from Fishburn, said: “I really enjoyed speaking to Sandra, I’ve learnt loads about oral hygiene and it will come in really handy when I get a job in health and social care”

Sandra, who works for County Durham and Darlington Community Dental Services, brought along some props and images to show the students what various oral diseases and conditions look like.

Lecturer in Health and Social Care Julie Knowles commented: “It’s important for their studies that the students learn about dental health and also the job progression routes in this area.

“The students now understand the role of a Dental Care Nurse in a health and social care practice, particularly working with vulnerable people such as adults with learning difficulties and the elderly.”