Oral Health Otago’s Oral Health questionnaire aims to help individuals understand what oral health is, and how to improve their oral health.
It has been developed by Dr. David O’Sullivan and Dr. Heather Burchill, who are both based at the Otago University of Technology’s School of Health Sciences.
The questionnaire has been endorsed by Dr David McGovern, Associate Director of Research at the National Institute for Health Research, as well as Dr David Caulfield, Professor of Health Research and Policy at the University of Sydney, as one of the best oral health assessments available.
Dr O’SULLIVAN, who has also developed the Otacono Health Study, said that the questionnaire was developed to provide a snapshot of the current state of oral health and its implications for patients, caregivers and communities.
“We need to take care of the oral health of the population and of the general population, as there are a lot of misconceptions about what oral care is,” he said.
“This survey provides a snapshot for the public, which helps us to understand how much the oral care community needs to change, and what the public needs to know.”
The questionnaire was designed to provide the public with information about oral health issues, and has been validated by a team of health professionals.
The team of experts includes an oral health specialist, a physician, a dietitian and a nurse practitioner.
“The questionnaire will help the public understand how to effectively communicate oral health information to their family and friends,” Dr O’Brien said.
“This will enable us to work together to make changes in the way the community communicates with the oral healthcare community.”
It also helps us identify where we can work together, which will enable the public to see the importance of addressing oral health challenges in the community.
“Dr McGovern said that although there had been a lot in the past 15 years to help the oral community, there was still a lot more to do.”
Dr O”Brien said that while the survey has been a success, he is not satisfied with how it has been received.””
Now is the time to take a new, strategic approach to addressing oral healthcare.”
Dr O”Brien said that while the survey has been a success, he is not satisfied with how it has been received.
“In fact, I think we have been a bit too complacent about what we have learnt and what has been communicated,” he told Newsroom.
“I would love to see more information shared about oral healthcare, and to make more people aware of oral healthcare issues and what they can do to improve oral health.”
Dr Burchillo agreed, saying that while she is a supporter of the survey, she does not think that the feedback has been enough to improve the oral quality of care in the Otgana Valley.
“Our survey is not perfect, but it has proven to be very effective,” she said.
Dr Bunchillo said that she hoped the survey would encourage other communities to take part in the survey.
“What we have learned in our survey is that there are things that are really missing from the oral and health care sector,” she told Newsrooms.
“There are gaps in knowledge about what people need to do to help them improve their health and their oral care, and they need to be involved in the discussions around these issues.”
Dr Caulwell said that it was important that the public was informed of oral care issues and issues that they need help addressing.
“Oral health is a complex area, and it’s important that people understand what is going on and that the people who are involved in oral health care have some understanding of the issues and how they can be improved,” he added.
“A lot of people don’t really understand the importance they have in improving their oral healthcare.
The survey has really been a great example of what can be done when people know about oral issues and know where to go.”
Dr Nesbitt said that there were two areas that were still lacking information on oral health: what is a good oral health diet and how can oral health practitioners improve oral healthcare?
“We have identified some gaps that need to address,” she explained.
“Some of these gaps are already being addressed in the oral wellness education programme and in the healthcare network, but we also need to get more people engaged in oral healthcare and be able to connect to oral health professionals.”