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Course Description

NameFactors Related to Oral Health
Credits5 ects
ObjectivesThe student is able to
• explain oral health-related factors
• explain the importance of nutrition for oral health
• apply Finnish nutrition recommendations to dietary counselling
• consider various special oral health-related nutritional factors
• explain fluoride and its impact on oral health
• explain xylitol and its impact on oral health
• explain saliva testing and analysis
• provide dental erosion prevention counselling
• explain the effects of tobacco, snuff and oral piercings on oral health
• explain the effects of alcohol and drugs on oral health
• advise the client on the use of self-care equipment, products and methods
ContentOral health-related factors. National Nutrition Council’s nutrition recommendations. Dietary interview, interpretation and oral health-related dietary counselling based on the interview results. Dietary habits in Finland – the essential content of the Findiet Survey. Oral self-care equipment, products and methods. Fluoride and its toxicity. Xylitol. Dental erosion. Dry mouth. Saliva testing and test analyses. Oral piercings. Smoking and snuff. Alcohol, drugs and other intoxicants. Oral self-care counselling.
RequirementsAn exam, completion of simulations and other learning assignments.
Alternative completion: Skills demonstration or work-based learning.
Grading Scale0 - 5
Course material
LUSSI A, JAEGGIL, T. 2008. Erosion - diagnosis and risk factors. Clinical Oral Investigations.
G. A. Scardina and P.Messina. 2012. Good Oral Health and Diet.
Other Considerations
ContactSirviö Kaarina, Aalto Sari


We reserve the right to make changes to the curriculum due to the need to update the content being studied.