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Lessons in a Lunchbox Introduction

Improving Oral Health Literacy: Teaching Primary School Students through the Lessons in a Lunch Box Program


Winifred J. Booker, DDS, ABPD; Leslie E. Grant, DDS, MSPA

Credit Hours:

1 Hour(s)


This continuing education (CE) course exemplifies oral health literacy education. It was developed to offer dental health professionals an innovative way to improve oral health literacy by going directly into second and third grade classroo...

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This continuing education (CE) course exemplifies oral health literacy education. It was developed to offer dental health professionals an innovative way to improve oral health literacy by going directly into second and third grade classrooms. Today, this direct delivery of the program could include a virtual Lessons in a Lunch Box presentation. This CE lecture introduces unique strategies to address health literacy utilizing a lunch box designed with stimulating educational content focusing on wellbeing behaviors, and dental careers guidance. Additionally, the lunch box contains oral hygiene products packaged in a charming travel case.

This course introduces a unique strategy to address health literacy. The core purpose of this training lecture is to thoroughly educate dental professionals about the Lessons in a Lunch Box program primarily by teaching them the stepwise approach to efficiently present these materials to their elementary school audiences, second and third grade students. This course will equip professionals with information and resources necessary to offer the oral and diet health education presentation in community schools. A “dentally designed” lunch box and a dental hygiene products container, crafted in the likeness of a fresh carrot are both used to, (1) aid in presenting the program by captivating and exciting young audiences, (2) teach about food choices, meal planning and portion size, (3) provide flossing and brushing instructions, (4) educate about careers throughout the dental profession, and (5) make sure the meaningful lessons being taught are remembered long after the one hour presentation.

The course is designed to empower children and their families with proper knowledge about routine dental health maintenance, oral disease prevention, good dietary choices, and careers in dentistry by training student and practicing dentists, student and practicing dental hygienists, other health professional volunteers and educators to deliver the Lessons in a Lunch Box program.

All health professionals are required to complete this CE course assignment, and all volunteers are encouraged to do so prior to participating in the Lessons in a Lunch Box program at a registered elementary school.

Please Note:

  1. Registration is required to present a Lessons in a Lunch Box program. Click here to register and view registration dates. Supplies are limited.
  2. For School Superintendents, School Principals, K-12 Teachers, and K-12 Learning Facilitators, this course is for informational purposes only and does not offer CE credit.
  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assisting Students

  • Date Course Online:

    Oct 20, 2014

  • Last Revision Date:

    May 10, 2024

  • Course Expiration Date:

    May 9, 2027

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  • Technical Requirements:

    Stable internet connection and the latest version of browser and device software are recommended.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of oral health literacy.
  • Understand the consequences of limited oral health literacy.
  • Understand the oral health literacy framework.
  • Understand the benefits of improving oral health literacy.
  • Increase self-efficacy to improve oral health literacy via an educational system program.
  • Learn methods to achieve oral health literacy in children.


  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • The authors report no conflicts of interest associated with this course.

Dr. Winifred J. Booker is the CEO & Director of Development for The Children’s Oral Health Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to oral health promotion and disease prevention education. She earned her certificate in pediatric denti...

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Submission Information

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Submission For credit transfers to appear in your AGD account in real time, make sure to add your AGD membership number in the field provided on the “Share Your Test Score” page.

CE Broker For all states that use CE Broker for licensure, “proof of completions” are electronically reported the first of every month. If a course was taken in November, the “proof of completion” will be submitted the beginning of December.


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