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Dental Detectives

Fusing medicine and drama and enabling child-led research to explore factors behind children’s reluctance to go to the dentist.

  • School/Institute/Department: Do I Have to Go?
  • Subjects: Dentistry, Drama, Life Sciences
  • Audience: Primary, Parents

Professor Ferranti Wong, Dr Benjamin Roberts (Institute of Dentistry), and Alistair Campbell (English and Drama) have won an Award from the Centre for Public Engagement at QMUL to run the 'Do I Have to Go?' project. This project aims to engage with the local community using child-led research to explore why children are not motivated to visit the dentist and why their parents are not motivated to take them to the dentist.

Using drama techniques developed by Alistair Campbell, the team will engage with the children at the local Osmani Primary School to develop child-led research questions. The children will engage with their peers and their parents to discover the answers. The results of the research will then be presented back to other students and staff at Osmani Primary School to generate positive attitudes and break down fear associated with dental health and the profession of dentistry.

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