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ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 213-216

WhatsApp platform as a dental and oral health online communication forum for dentist, nurse, and elementary teachers


Department of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Titiek Berniyanti
Department of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia, Jl Prof. Dr. Moestopo No.47, Surabaya.
Indonesia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_226_18

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Aims and Objectives: To connect the dentists, dental nurses, and school teachers so that they can produce a discussion forum about dental and oral health. Materials and Methods: The method in implementing the empowerment program was grouped into three stages, that is, pretreatment stage through problem mapping, problem prioritization, determination of programs related to existing issues, and coordination. It was then followed by the stage of program implementation and evaluation of the activity. Results: Dentists, dental nurses, and student health unit/sport teachers were able to access online communication forum through WhatsApp without constraint. Conclusion: This online dental communication forum was an integrated system that built communication between related agencies to increase the minimum number of visits of elementary school students to dental services. With this program, the database of dental examination results from School’s Dental Health Unit indirectly will also be stored well and owned by each school.


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