September 18, 2013

Teaching Oral Disease Prevention. 1 thru 12 – Update

September 18, 2013 – Update. Soon to be published. ”Teaching Oral Disease Prevention. 1 thru 12” is a combination of the series of twelve eBooks, ”Teaching Oral Disease Prevention. 1 of 12” etc. up to 12 of 12 into one convenient Amazon Kindle, eBook. Dr. Garth Pettit, Author, Oral Health Care Educator wrote it to fulfil a mission begun in 1996: Prevent Oral Diseases in Children. The author’s research led him to put the oral hygiene instruction Brush Your Teeth to a SWOT analysis which indicated it was a poor oral hygiene instruction. He created the instruction, Treat Your Mouth, later se-named it Treat Your Whole Mouth finally re-named it Paint Your Mouth….because children became thrilled and excited by the thought and wanted to ‘paint your mouth’. Each of these eBooks is an oral health care education resource children themselves can read and understand but preferably teaching oral health and teaching oral disease prevention is best achieved with supervision by parents and, or educators. This eBook illustrates through words and pictures the author’s “Paint Your Mouth” approach to oral hygiene which explains why kids find it much more appealing than being told to “brush [their] teeth.” Adding to the fun it is narrated by the author’s alter ego, the smiling, animated GarGar the Dentist and a menagerie of kid-friendly helpers of the SmileShine Gang, like Booksie Owl, Croc-O-Smile, Grinny Squirrel, and PadPaw the rabbit who, offer oral health tips and reminders. Original songs such as “Mouth Painting I Will Go” sung to the tune of the familiar children’s song “A-Hunting We Will Go,” effectively and cleverly disguise learning, as do the Treat Stamps kids can earn for correctly answering questions. The book also includes drawings, quizzes, and other activities the SmileShine Gang encourages families to do together. Woven into these games is the comprehensive healthcare information every young person—and adult—needs to prevent disease oral disease problems like tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and stained teeth. Among other topics, readers learn: the best food and drink options for better oral health; the types of bacteria that form in the mouth; what plaque is and how it forms; what causes bad breath and tooth decay; and the daily steps to the best oral hygiene. Making good oral care something kids would want to do, while understanding why they need to do it is a key objective. Written in a kid-friendly tone, it includes effective graphics. Sophisticated dental and medical information is presented in a simple manner. The final last ten chapters end with a printable “4 Your Smile to Shine” certificate of achievement. . ”Teaching Oral Disease Prevention. 1 thru 12” is recommended for adults and children alike. The list of FREE graphics for “Teaching Oral Disease Prevention. 1 thru 12” is: • Front Cover of “My GarGar The Dentist Activity Album” in which can be kept the following FREE images • All eBook Front Covers for this eBook and each Cover for the twelve single “Teaching Oral Disease Prevention” eBooks • Download links for each image of GarGar The Dentist and The SmileShine Gang. A total of eight images which can be placed in “My GarGar The Dentist Activity Album” and/or in the bedroom, or on the wall, or on classroom walls or anywhere else • Nine Certificates of Achievement for lessons 1 to 9 and a Certificate Of Oral Health Excellence for lesson 10 • My GarGar The Dentist Bedroom Poster for children which has a picture of GarGar The Dentist and each of the seven SmileShine Gang members and a gentle reminder to “Paint Your Mouth” 3 times each day Australian Dental Association SA president Dr. Angela Pierce stated “The best investment anyone can make in oral health is in teaching and prevention….early intervention will lead to a generation of children who won’t be as reliant on dental care in the future.” Dr. Pierce after reviewing the Teaching Oral Disease Prevention eBook series stated: “…truly impressed with your fortitude and devotion to this worthy cause.”


In July 1996 the Australian author, Dr. Garth Pettit, received a phone call from his daughter who informed him that his 3 year old granddaughter had been diagnosed with mild tooth decay in an upper front baby tooth. They were living many miles apart, two full day trips by car. The doctor was angry with himself and with the lack of any decent oral health education available for children or parents.

Dr. Pettit then decided he would end his five years of retirement from private dental practices. He created a mission: Prevent Oral Diseases in Children. Then he set about seeking employment in the Government sector where he would be involved with children, their parents and their schools. In January 1997 he took up duties as District Dental Officer, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory of Australia and was based in Nhulunbuy, a very beautiful coastal and bauxite mining town. The author thought it to be ideal for his research.

The Nhulunbuy Dental Clinic staff, which included three dentists, serviced several remote, Aboriginal Communities which were accessible only by aircraft. A fourth dentist responsible to him was based on Groote Eylandt. This dentist’s position was half Government and half private practice.

To concentrate more on his research the author, in early 1999, relocated to this position. It was here, in 1999, where he performed a Strength-Weakness-Opportunity-Threat analysis on the instruction Brush Your Teeth, found it to be out-of-date (1497!) and created a better oral hygine instruction Treat Your Mouth. Later changed that to Treat Your While Mouth and finally changed to Paint Your Mouth….because kids just loved the idea to paint your mouth.

The Author’s most recent five star reviewed titles added to his Amazon account are:
Mothers Teach Foetus All About A Smile. Teaching Oral Disease Prevention
GarGar The Dentist Toddlers Activity Books. Book a
GarGar The Dentist Toddlers Activity Books. Book b
Teaching Oral Disease Prevention. 1 of 12 etc. to 12 of 12
Teaching Oral Disease Prevention. 1 thru 12. TThis combines all previous 12 titles into one convenient title.

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