Peggy is a dental hygienist and health scientist and has been working since 2013 as a lecturer in the Dental Hygiene degree programme at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. After a few years of preparation, building a professional network and running a pilot, she started her doctoral research Gezonde Peutermonden in 2017.
In December 2016, she was awarded the RAAK public grant, and the NWO promotion grant for lecturers in April 2017. Her doctoral project Healthy Peutermonds was launched on 1 April 2017, within the newly established Research Group Innovations in Preventive Care.
Peggy's doctoral research is in line with the social need to reduce dental caries among toddlers. The Gezonde Peutermonden project seeks to deploy oral care coaches at consultation centres to offer customised prevention from the moment the first baby tooth breaks through. The impact of this measure will be evaluated among 400 children.
Fields of expertise
- Dental caries prevention
- Impact study
- Screening and early detection
- Exploring the development, evaluation and implementation of complex health interventions to prevent early childhood caries in preschool children: a scoping review protocol
- Oral Health Coaches at Well-Baby Clinics to Promote Oral Health in Preschool Children From the First Erupted Tooth Protocol for a Multisite, Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial
- Parents’ Willingness to Invest in Primary Oral Health Prevention for Their Preschool Children