Promotion of Oral Health and Prevention of Oral Disease

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 14 April 2025
Friday 22 August 2025
05 September 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

FDSCB750 Oral Health Science

Module description

Promoting oral health and preventing oral disease in individuals and populations requires and understating of the wider issues, the so called social determinants of health. This module expands on some of the themes in Introduction to Oral Health and Diseases and introduces concepts related to population health.

Module aims

To stimulate an interest in the wider issues of health promotion and disease prevention.

To explore the social, environmental, economic and political influences on health.

To engender a sense of social responsibility and re-orientate the student dental
professional’s perspective within the wider context of the social determinants of health.

To enable professional and compassionate communication relating to oral health with associated stakeholder and service users.

Module learning outcomes

The module will combine a number of different teaching approaches. Lectures will introduce key concepts and guided learning will deepen learning. There will be skills-focussed sessions to introduce and enhance specific skills. Clinical and reflective log analysis provides authentic examples to relate theory and practise. Individual tutorials, as negotiated between student and academic supervisors and experiential learning in practice-based placements with experienced clinical educators, will further enhance teaching and learning.

On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to:
1. Discuss the complex interactions between oral health and general health and the social determinants of health.

2. Describe the epidemiology of dental diseases.

3. Understand and apply the principles of evidence-based oral health education in planning and delivery.

4. Describe and demonstrate skills in empathetic, evidence-based behaviour change techniques.

5. Describe the dental public health strategy and dental service provision in the UK and the role of DCPs in this.

6. Demonstrate depth of knowledge and engage in discourse with dental professionals relating to promoting oral health and preventing oral diseases.

7. Interact with patients and the public to promote oral health and prevent oral diseases employing evidence-based practice.

8. Develop and demonstrate theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in dental impression taking, moisture control and isolation techniques and placement of fissure sealants

9. Formulate, interpret and follow appropriate treatment plans within the scope of a dental hygienist in the best interests of patients.

10. Have contemporaneous knowledge of new technologies and products available in dentistry for the betterment of oral health.

11. Demonstrate independent and self-directed learning, displaying team working and leadership qualities.

12. Prescribe, take, process and interpret the various films used in general dental practice within the scope of a dental hygienist.

13. Practice professionally and apply knowledge in line with progression through the programme in work-based placements in the treatment of patients and in team working, adhering to GDC Standards for Dental Professionals

Module information

This module is part of the required programme for FdSc Oral Health Science.
Understanding the bio-psychosocial dynamic is paramount to health care provision as it determines the appropriateness of prevention and intervention.
This module develops the students' understanding of the interplay between
physiological functioning and the social and emotional well-being of the individual and populations.

The module consists of taught sessions by experts in the field of oral health science, covering the evidence base for promotion of oral health and prevention of oral disease. Student led activity comprises oral health education via engagement with the public in the local community and early years' settings.
Clinical skills sessions using a simulated environment develop proficiency prior to clinical gateway assessments and progression to primary care as part of work based placement.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, practice placements, group work and e-learning


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   SAT    50% 
Coursework   OSCE     50% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Mayra Crean, email: mc18260@essex.ac.uk.
Oral Health team
Lizzie Lewis E: hhsohlth@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 276 hours, 204 (73.9%) hours available to students:
15 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
54 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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