For NC’s Dental Hygiene students didn’t only pay lip service to National Dental Hygienists Week: they took action.
On the afternoon of April 8, more than 100 students led by Dental program professor Jennifer Turner, transformed the foyer of the Applied Health Institute into an energy-charged event focused on dental health awareness. Visitors had an opportunity to view displays about various dental health issues, taste-test baked goods made with sugar substitute zylitol, spin colourful wheels for chances to win prizes, view a fashion show on the latest scrubs style, and even pick up a free toothbrush along the way.
The event was held in recognition of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association’s National Dental Hygienists Week (April 6-12, 2014). Held during the month of April, Oral Health Month, National Dental Hygienists Week focuses on the importance of maintaining good oral health practices and helping Canadians understand the role and importance of the dental hygiene profession.
“The event turned out even better than we ever expected. We had hundreds of people who stopped by our booths and all walked away with a smile and education on oral health,” said Turner.
Student rep Vivian Dorge said that she valued the experience of working on the project. “We’ve been working this all semester,” she said, referring to her group’s display on HPV and its connection to oral health. “At first, we didn’t know a lot about our topic, and now we do, and we get to share what we’ve learned with the community,” she said.