University Extension Program “Crescer Sorrindo”: Orientation and Prevention of Harmful Oral Habits
Introduction: The University Extension Program’s “Crescer Sorrindo” proposition is to translate academical knowledge into useful orientations to prevent harmful oral habits in general public. Oral habits can cause stomatognathic alterations in muscular, bone, and dental structures, also favoring oral breathing. These effects depend on frequency, duration, and intensity of its use, associated with facial type.
Objective: To present the University Extension Program “Crescer Sorrindo” that uses dialogue to orientate and prevent parents about the possible damages caused by harmful oral habits in children. Method: The project intervenes with the parents of patients waiting at the specialties ambulatory of SUS of a children's hospital from July 2013 to June 2014. The parents are oriented through an informal but directed conversation about the possible consequences of oral habits on the development of stomatognathic functions, specially in language.
Results: The project is being evaluated using a semistructured questionnaire developed specifically for the purposes thereof, quantitative and qualitative. So far identified, very few families received previous orientations about the damage children using a pacifier/bottle outside the expected age can present, or even how can it be associated with language complaints.
Conclusion: The information generated by this project is an important contribution to prevent and reduce oral habits, as well as to promote general health. We believe that the development of this project contributes to the promotion of a healthy communication and to increase the life quality of these patients.
Keywords: Prevention, oral habits, speech therapy.