STUDENTS from Dundee College have collaborated with NHS Fife and the Scottish Medicine Discussion board to create a collection of academic comics about medication and the hyperlink to oral well being.
College students and researchers from the Scottish Centre for Comics Research and Faculty of Dentistry got here along with the Scottish Medicine Discussion board (SDF) for the Oral Well being Enchancment for Individuals with Expertise of Medicine (OHIPED) mission.
The comics kind a part of a collection of sources that will likely be used to ship oral well being mentor coaching to dependancy employees whereas additionally aiming to enhance entry to companies.
Drug use impacts oral well being by way of direct bodily routes however the way of life that always accompanies drug use – high-sugar diets, malnutrition, poor oral hygiene, and lack of standard dental care – also can affect oral well being.
Analysis reveals a rise in decayed and extracted tooth amongst folks with substance use issues, alongside elevated embarrassment and stress concerning their look resulting in poor vanity.
They recounted poor experiences of accessing dental companies and preventive dental care, with the stigma of previous drug use elevated considerably by poor oral well being.
The comics additionally mentions that slightly than visiting their dentist to obtain secure ache aid, people would possibly select to cope with toothache by self-medicating.
Dr Niall McGoldrick, of NHS Fife and Dundee College Faculty of Dentistry mentioned: “The contributors instructed us that after they have been utilizing medication they weren’t excited about their oral well being.
“Along with the aesthetic affect of this, it clearly makes them extra prone to infections and different oral well being issues.
“A serious concern is that when coping with important toothache or different issues, people could also be tempted to take extra medication to cope with the ache.
“This is likely one of the first research to take a look at this challenge, however we have now substantial anecdotal proof in regards to the results of extended or problematic drug use on a person’s oral well being.
“We noticed the comics as a novel approach to talk these messages as an adjunct to a wider oral well being enchancment programme.
“The tales are based mostly on lived expertise and every comedian is designed round a selected theme.
“We have to have interaction extra with this group and allow them to find out about secure ache aid, methods to entry therapy and methods to take care of their household’s oral well being.”
The comics are simply certainly one of a number of sources that volunteers with the SDF helped produce to share the affect medication and alcohol have had on their lives.
Venture companions additionally appeared to assist enhance the boldness of those that have expertise with drug or alcohol use when it got here to enterprise their very own analysis.
Katy MacLeod, Peer Analysis and Engagement Programme Supervisor at SDF, mentioned: “This mission has provided alternative for organisations to carry their experience collectively and co-produce supplies with folks with lived and dwelling expertise of problematic drug and alcohol use.
“By speaking these messages by way of the voices of those that have dwelling expertise, the mission aimed to provide revolutionary sources for teams who might not sometimes entry dental well being companies.
“The volunteers concerned shared that they recognized with the tales, characters and animations that have been produced and felt such well being messages in this sort of format work.
“We hope that these inventive and accessible sources may have a constructive affect on elevating consciousness and rising uptake of dental well being care companies amongst individuals who use substances.”
The OHIPED mission concerned Professor Christopher Murray, of the Faculty of Humanities and Director of SCCS, and comics artists Dr Damon Herd, Rebecca Horner, Andrew Strachan, Olivia Hicks and Katie Quinn.