Tanden Frisk


Project began: 2018

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Aim: educating both the young and their parents in oral health care, with a special focus on socioeconomically deprived areas in Stockholm

Tanden Frisk is a 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).

Newly published studies show a continuing inequality regarding oral health and caries frequency based on socioeconomic factors. These studies show a relationship between socioeconomic status of the patient and the patients oral health (Kramer, A. A et al; Hakeberg, M. Et al). This inequality is something that Tanden Frisk works to diminish. Workshops are usually held in classrooms and consists of a theoretical and a practical part. The theoretical part is an interactive presentation held for the children, including games such as “guess the amount of sugar in different food items”. In the practical part the children use plaque coloring to color their teeth so they can later brush the plaque away themselves.

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 Sandy Saric, Mirja Mohseni and Carolina Garcia Sanchez at tandenfrisk@sogh.se.