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National oral health award scooped

A group of dental students have won a national oral health award relating to their project regarding Sjögren’s Syndrome.

The students, from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, presented a poster on the subject at the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD) spring conference in Cardiff.

Accompanying the poster was a description of the project, which saw the students work with the local group of those with the condition.

Robert Witton, director of the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise, which manages such projects for dental students at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, commented: ‘Our congratulations go to these students for such a well-deserved achievement.

‘We could not run such projects without the support and commitment of local health and community groups, and our thanks go to the local Sjögren’s Syndrome group for its input to this project.’

The local group visited the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Dental Education Facility at Derriford, Plymouth, for information and advice for the presentations.

The group and students also visited the Wrigley Company Limited factory in Plymouth.

Working with local people with the condition, the dental students produced a useful credit card-sized fold-out leaflet that provides advice and information on tooth brushing, cleaning aids, advice on foods to avoid, safe snacks, tips for a more comfortable night time and potential stimulants for saliva, which includes sugar-free chewing gum.

The students and their project won the Oral Health Promotion prize, and they will be awarded with the prize at the BASCD autumn conference in London in November.

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