Cartoonists from across the UK have collaborated to make oral health a thing of the past.
The aim is to have a simple, easy-to-read cartoon to make everyone, including the parents of young children, a bit more aware of what oral health is and how to protect themselves and their children from the threats it poses.
The cartoon is inspired by a number of different sources including the oral history of British comedian Jim Hutton, which was produced as a series for the National Oral Health Foundation.
The foundation was set up to promote oral health in the UK, with Hutton presenting his oral history in the form of cartoons.
The cartoons are intended to be educational, but have also been used to promote a number products, such as the Oral Health Products website, and have been used as part of the BBC News website.
The team behind the project, based at the University of Oxford, believe the cartoons can be used to give a message of health and safety, while also educating the public about oral health.
“We believe that people need to be able to recognise the risk and what to do to protect against it,” said Dr Sarah Meehan, who is the project’s lead author.
“So for example, if a child has eaten too much chocolate, they might need to stop that chocolate and talk to their dentist about the risks of eating chocolate.
Or if a baby’s cough is severe, they need to make sure they get a good night’s sleep, get plenty of water, and avoid a high-risk area.”
“It’s about giving the information that is easy to understand for the average person and then giving it to them in a way that makes it easy for them to remember,” she added.
“That way they’re less likely to feel scared and more likely to do the things they need, because they know it’s safe.”
Dr Meehain, who has been working with the BBC for a number, said the aim was to make the cartooning accessible for people who would normally be unable to read it, such a young child or a person with learning difficulties.
“I’ve been thinking about how to make it so that children and people who are less well-informed are more likely take action to protect their mouth, teeth and gums,” she said.
“They might not understand it yet, but they’ll be able make up their own mind later.”
The project was started by the NOHF’s Professor of Oral Health, Professor Michael Janson, who said the idea for the project came from a collaboration between his research group at the Department of Oral Surgery and the NHA.
“This is the first of its kind in the country,” he said.
A new generation of cartoons The team have used images from different sources to make each of the cartoons.
Dr Miehan said she first noticed a lot of similarities between the cartoon and the material she was studying in her research, so she decided to try and incorporate the images into her cartoon.
“As soon as I saw this I realised how much I could do with this,” she explained.
“It took me a while to realise that we could actually do this with this.”
Dr. Meegan’s team began by making a mockup of the cartoon.
The sketchy drawings were taken from some of the best known British cartoons, such the Dr Hutton cartoon and Hutton’s ‘Bartleby’s Belly Button’.
The team also used a number from the National Library of Medicine’s website.
“The idea is that it’s very difficult to understand the words that are used in the cartoon, so we were very careful not to use words that were unfamiliar to people,” Dr Mameh said.
The first cartoon was created using a combination of traditional and modern art techniques.
The sketches were then printed onto a paper sheet and a digital camera was used to create the images.
The process of printing the images was repeated three times with a new image.
The paper sheet then had a final coat of black paint applied to it.
The final results were then scanned and displayed on a laptop.
Dr. Janson said the images were created by using the same image as the original, but with different colours.
“You can’t see the details, but you can see the colours,” he explained.
The project’s second project involved the team digitally altering some of Dr Molloy’s drawings to make them more graphic.
Dr Janson’s team took inspiration from a couple of British cartoons.
“One of them is Dr Heterodox and that’s a British cartoon from the 1930s that was very influential, because it tells you a story of the British oral hygiene movement,” he recalled.
“Another one is The Great Fools.
I think there’s a lot more of those,” he added.
The third project was to take the concept of oral health and give it a new twist.
“There are some of these people that we know are very active and have an active lifestyle, but are actually very conscientious