Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name


Department (Legacy)

Department of Oral Health and Rehabilitation


Oral Biology

Degree Program

Oral Biology, MS

Committee Chair

Metz, Cynthia

Committee Member

Metz, Michael

Committee Member

Durski, Marcelo

Author's Keywords

education; oral hygiene; active learning; simulation; biofilm


This thesis examines the effectiveness of an active learning approach in improving oral health literacy and attitude about science among at-risk students in the age range of third to sixth grades. This is done by designing and implementing a novel Oral Health Outreach module and video. Active learning components include engaging PowerPoint, oral hygiene discussion and demonstration, and finally a biofilm simulation, which utilizes glow-in-the-dark paint, dentoform models, and black lights that allow students to visualize the importance of plaque removal. Student comprehension of oral health concepts increased by an average of 52.4% on post-tests (n=61, p