Tanden Frisk is a new dental health project within SOGH, previously named Friska Gaddar which had the aim of promoting the dental health of unaccompanied refugee children in Stockholm. Tanden Frisk has the aim of educating both the young and their parents in oral health care, with a special focus on socioeconomically deprived areas in Stockholm. This will be done by carrying out workshops regarding dental health and oral health care habits for children and their parents.
Addressing the knowledge gap in oral health
Within western society, it is widely acknowledged that oral health impacts the overall quality of life, yet oral diseases such as caries and periodontitis are common. Despite increased public knowledge regarding oral health there is a vast knowledge gap between the oral health care provider and the patients regarding both oral hygiene and personal oral health care. This dearth of knowledge may lead to poor dental status and lack in motivation to improve oral hygiene and dental health. It is of great importance to increase the knowledge of the patient, to give the them the right prerequisites for achieving and maintaining adequate oral health. The focus of modern dentistry is the prevention of oral diseases such as caries. With an appropriate home care, caries and other oral diseases can most often be prevented or the progression be stopped or at least slowed down. In Sweden, more than 70% of the population visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and/or treatments. Despite this caries is still common in the population (Socialstyrelsen 2018).
The workshops that have been conducted have been appreciated greatly by both the children and the teachers and have given us, the project managers, the fuel to improve our workshops. For more information on Tanden Frisk, feel free to contact our project managers Arthur Artlock and Mira Florin, or head of communications Sandy Saric.
Here are some impressions from our recent workshop in February 2019 at Kästa Skolan, an elementary school in Stockholm.