Sroda completes second edition of dental textbook
The second edition of Rebecca Sroda’s textbook, Nutrition for a Healthy Mouth, was released in September by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Sroda is SFCC’s associate dean of Allied Health and director of its Dental Education program.
In 2004, Sroda wrote the original edition to fill a need in dental hygiene instruction. At the time, she had been teaching dental hygiene courses for 12 years but had not found any textbook that explained the relationship between nutrition and oral health. “Because a significant number of schools adopted the book for their dental education programs, the publisher asked me to write a second edition,” Sroda said.
The new edition discusses nutritional trends, such as the contemporary food pyramid and the meaning of such food-label terms as “organic,” “natural,” and “no antibiotics.” Chapters now contain “Putting It Into Practice” sections, which describe hands-on activities for mastering textbook concepts, and “Web Resources” listings of Web sites that deliver current information on dental issues. The edition also comes with an Instructor’s Resources CD, which includes PowerPoint presentations for each chapter, a bank of test questions, ideas for class activities, blank case studies, and much more.
This fall, Sroda gained the unique opportunity to test the effectiveness of her book when she stepped in to teach SFCC’s dental hygiene course on nutrition. “It is working,” she said. “It is making my life a lot easier.” Most students seem to like her book’s easy-to-read style and see its value as a resource they can carry with them into their careers.
“Nutrition absolutely does affect oral health,” Sroda stressed, adding that the two most common oral diseases, dental carries and periodontal disease, are rooted in poor nutrition. “In the case of dental carries, eating carbohydrates frequently has a detrimental effect on teeth. With periodontal disease, ensuring a good supply of vitamins A and C, calcium, and protein will keep gum tissue and bones healthy.”