Each Tooth Wisdom workshop is 1 hour long and covers the basics of daily oral care. It helps participants understand what to do when they experience certain health problems that can hinder their ability to complete daily oral hygiene.
A dental professional will demonstrate various techniques that alleviate conditions unique to older adults, such as holding a toothbrush if someone has arthritis. Workshops are set up using PowerPoint, projector, and handouts. The workshops are specifically geared toward older adult learning styles. Education models and visuals demonstrating proper oral hygiene are shown throughout the presentation.
This workshop aims to:
- increase the self-efficacy for daily oral health self-care behaviors
- increase participants’ knowledge about the connection between good oral hygiene and their overall health.
After the educational workshop, the dental professional will conduct a brief oral health screening. The dental professional will assess each senior by looking in their mouth for any signs of decay and assess their need for treatment in the state of none, early, or urgent. Suwannee River AHEC’s Special Projects coordinator will record the information.
At the end of the workshop each attendee is given an oral health kit including a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, educational materials, and a list of local resources for dental services.
March 28, 2019
10 am-11 am
23320 FL – 235
Brooker, Florida 32622
April 9, 2019
12:15 pm-2:15 pm
Suwannee River Regional Library
1848 Ohio Avenue South
Live Oak, Florida 32064
May 10, 2019
11:30 am-1:30 pm
Suwannee River Economic Council
114 SW Community Circle
Mayo, Florida 32066