After the program, a perfect score of 10/10 questions demonstrated that all participants had gained knowledge and awareness. Active learning skills developed during the course of the BIH can be applied to other areas of public health. This research shows what tools and techniques worked: such as the visual presentations and the question-and-answer sessions that allowed participants to clarify issues.
Follow-up research with the participants would help the mothers put into practice what they learned during the BIH program. For example, the participants can count on receiving direct knowledge about the best way to brush and floss. The program helps participants to limit their childrens exposure to sugars other preventative measures can create lifelong oral health habits for the next generation. Participants also learn about the role the dentist plays in their lives, and thereby develops trust.
Ideally, the BIH will transform community awareness regarding oral hygiene.
The program offers oral health education at no cost, which is the best way to encourage continued participation. Similar programs focused on other disenfranchised communities would also be helpful, especially among new immigrants who need assistance in their native languages. Related opportunities for similar programs also include ones for mothers who already have children but who need to learn about preventative oral health care.
Continued participation in the BIH will tremendously enhance opportunities for dental students and educators alike. The BIH should serve as a model for how all health care workers can contribute to the communities in which they work, empowering residents who are politically disenfranchised. In the future, dental school programs should make a point to include research like this to show students that their work can benefit the.