HKU Faculty of Dentistry starts Oral Health Survey 2021 in November
Interviewee has an oral examination at Prince Philip Dental Hospital
One of the Faculty of Dentistry’s Oral Health Outreach teams led by Professor Edward Lo (middle)
The HKSAR Department of Health (DH) announced the commencement of a territory-wide Oral Health Survey 2021 (OHS 2021) in November. The DH has commissioned the HKU Faculty of Dentistry to conduct questionnaire interviews and oral examinations for OHS 2021.
The Faculty will send several oral health outreach teams to the community to conduct the oral health survey. Each team has a registered dentist and one or two team assistants, and they will carry a staff identity card issued by the DH for identification. The territory-wide survey project will take about a year. It targets five population groups, namely 5-year-old children, 12-year-old youths, adults aged between 35 and 44, elderly aged 65 to 74 and elderly aged 65 or above who are receiving long-term care services. Starting from December 2, the Faculty has been conducting surveys on the adults’ group. Interviewees primarily answer a questionnaire and have an oral examination at Prince Philip Dental Hospital or their home. The outreach teams will be going to visit the place of residence, school or respective service unit of interviewees in different age groups.
The registered dentist in the team will focus on checking dental caries, gingival problems and dental erosion of the interviewees. After the interview, they will receive a brief dental report and professional advice from the dentist.
Professor Edward Lo, Chair Professor of Dental Public Health, was delighted about the commission from the DH to participate in the OHS 2021. “HKU Faculty of Dentistry is the only dental school in Hong Kong. We not only provide quality education, research and innovation but endeavour to serve and contribute to the local community and promote oral healthcare through collaborations with the government and different institutions (academic or non-academic),” Professor Lo said.
For media enquiries:
Ms Melody Tang, Senior Communications Officer of the Faculty of Dentistry, HKU
Tel: 2859 0494
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牙醫學院將派出數個口腔健康調查隊到不同的社區開展調查工作，每隊有一名註冊牙醫和一至兩名助理，他們均帶備由衞生署發出的身分證明文件。整個調查工作約需時一年，以完成五個人口組別 - 5歲兒童、12歲少年、35至44歲成年人、65至74歲長者，以及65歲或以上接受長期護理服務的長者。牙醫學院已於12月2日起，率先為成年人組別開展調查，受訪者主要於菲臘牙科醫院或其住處接受問卷調查和口腔檢查。隊伍將陸續在各組受訪者的的住所、所屬學校或服務單位進行調查。
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