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Marjorie Arnett, MS
Assistant Professor, Dental Education Services
School of Dentistry
Publications    Scholarly Journals--Submitted
  • Tobacco Dependence Education: A Survey of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools. ( 0/2016 )
    As tobacco use is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality and a significant oral health problem, dentists must learn how to address tobacco use and dependence with patients.   However, tobacco dependence education (TDE) has not been consistently integrated into pre-doctoral education.   This study assessed the content and extent of TDE and intervention skills in North American dental schools.   Methods:  In 2013, the Academic Deans of the 74 accredited North American dental schools were contacted to confirm the appropriate tobacco ‘champion’ at their institutions. An introductory letter, with a hyperlink to a 51-item survey, was e-mailed to each school’s tobacco champion.  Each institution also received a thank-you packet consisting of DVDs on oral cancer screening, a 6 week electronic tobacco dependence curriculum, and a tobacco treatment medications decision tree.  Two follow-up reminder emails were sent with a link to the survey.   Results: The response rate was 66% (N=50).  TDE was taught at 92% of schools; 89.5% of respondents indicated faculty were confident / extremely confident with teaching tobacco-related pathology. Only 47.4% reported this level of confidence in teaching students how to help patients quit tobacco. TDE is taught in periodontics (81%), pathology (76%), clinic (67%), oral diagnosis (58%), public health dentistry (55%), pharmacology (53%), oral medicine (51%), and other disciplines (<50%). Conclusions: TDE is not a curricular component in all North American dental schools.   Faculty are most confident in teaching tobacco-related pathology, but many lack the interest and skills needed to integrate TDE as part of patient care.    
  Scholarly Journals--Published
  • Use of Social Media by Dental Educators.  Arnett, M, Loewen J, Romito L. J Dent Educ 2013;77(11):1400-1410.

    ( 11/2013 ) Link...

    Abstract: Social networking applications have become an established means of communication; applications that did not exist ten years ago are now used daily. Social media can be used for a myriad of reasons including instructional tools to supplement learning. This project was designed to assess the usage of social media applications by dental school faculty members and identify the types of accounts they prefer. Four hundred forty-three full-time dental and dental hygiene faculty members from five U.S. dental schools were invited to complete a twelve-item online survey regarding their social media usage. The response rate was 50% (n=221). Of the respondents, nearly half were dentists, and 62% were ≥51 years of age. Facebook was the most popular social network, reportedly used by 111 respondents. The most often reported frequency of use was weekly (20.4 percent, n=221); users indicated utilizing a network primarily for personal rather than professional purposes. However, 37 percent of
    the respondents reported not using any social media. The most frequently cited barriers to the use of social media were time (48
    percent) and privacy concerns (48 percent). Although few would dispute the influence social media has on today’s students, the suitability and appropriateness of social media technology and its integration into dental curricula require further evaluation.

  • Increasing Student Diversity and Cultural Competence as part of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry's Service Mission. Arnett, M, Forde R. J Dent Educ 2012;78:

    ( 6/2012 ) Link...
  • Improving Tobacco-Dependence Education for Dental and Dental Hygiene Students at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.  Arnett, MR, Baba NZ, Cheek DD. J Dent Educ 2012;76:472-478.

    ( 4/2012 ) Link...
  • Improving Tobacco Dependence Education among faculty at Loma Linda Univeristy School of Dentistry.  Arnett, M., Baba NZ.  J Dent Educ 2011;75(6) 832-838.

    ( 6/2011 ) Link...
  Scholarly Journals--Accepted
  • A City-Wide Assessment of Oral Hygiene Needs of Five to Seven Year Old Children

    ( 0/2016 )

    Hundreds of thousands of children suffer from dental disease.Dental caries is a widespread disease, affecting children of all ages, especially those in low socio-economic populations. The lack of education and inability to receive the proper care for their oral health puts low-income children at a disadvantage compared to other populations. The purpose of this study was to assess oral hygiene needs of 6,957 Kindergarten and first-grade children enrolled in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. The findings from this study revealed that 9% first grade children did not own a toothbrush, 15% children shared a toothbrush, and 25.3% self-reported mouth pain. In one school, 30% of the first children did not own a toothbrush and overall 38% of Kindergarten children shared a toothbrush.

  • A School-wide Assessment of Social Media Usage of Dental Students ( 11/2014 ) Link...
    Social media sites have become an established means of communication due to the exponential growth in number of users across the world and the encouragement of interaction between users through site features. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which Loma Linda University School of Dentistry students use social media accounts, the types of accounts they prefer, their interest in incorporating social media into courses and their perceptions of the usefulness of social media in private practice. In addition, we wanted to determine the degree of student interest in the integration of these social tools into their instruction. One thousand one hundred and sixty-two students from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry were invited by e-mail to complete a confidential 18 item multiple choice survey through Surveymonkey.com. The overall response rate was 30% (n = 351) from the pooled response periods; the first in 2011 and the second in 2013. Similar to other studies, Facebook was used by 91% of the School of Dentistry students, and less than half used Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn. Of the respondents, 68% of students reported communicating on social media daily and 80% saw value for practising dentists to operate accounts. Time and privacy concerns were the largest barriers to usage at 16% and 12% respectively. One third of respondents were in favour of the incorporation of social media in their courses.
    A school-wide assessment of social media usage by students in a US dental school (