Implementing Environmental Sustainability Educational Intervention in Dental Hygiene Instruction Public Deposited

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  • Leung, Wai
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Division of Allied Dental Education, Dental Hygiene Master's Program
  • The healthcare industry, including dentistry, supplies a large portion to waste output, a contributing factor to climate change which threatens public health. The purposes of this study were to determine the baseline attitudes and knowledge of dental hygiene (DH) students towards environmentally sustainable dentistry (ESD), implement an educational intervention and assess its impact on the DH student’s baseline attitudes and knowledge. Thirty-four second-year DH students at the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry (ASoD) were recruited for this one-time educational intervention study that utilized survey methods containing quantitative and qualitative elements. Data was evaluated with paired t-tests, univariate, bivariate and qualitative analyses. Participant’s level of knowledge and attitude towards ESD was significantly higher (p <0.0001) following the study intervention. This educational intervention raised awareness an knowledge of ESD among dental hygiene students. Dental hygiene educators should consider incorporating ESD into the DH curriculum to minimize dentistry’s environmental impact and promote public health.
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  • Kornegay, Elizabeth
  • Dubbs, Lindsay
  • White, Tiffanie
  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2021

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