Brenda Grift (MSc) graduated in 2016 as a dental hygienist at Hogeschool Utrecht. During her bachelor thesis she has aroused interest in applied research in oral care, especially oral care in children. After her studies in Oral Hygiene, she immediately followed the Master Health Sciences at the VU Amsterdam next to her job as a dental hygienist.
She participated in the research project ‘Toddler Oral Health Project’ for her master thesis Health Sciences within the research group of innovations in preventive care at the Hogeschool Utrecht. Within this project she investigated whether the oral health care behavior of preschool children is associated with the determinants of the Health Action Process Approach behavioral model. After finishing her master in 2018, Brenda started working as a researcher in training at the research group innovations in preventive care at the Hogeschool Utrecht. She also has a small assignment as a teacher within the Dental Hygiene program.
At the moment, Brenda is working within the project 'Dental care for young people, network for evaluating innovations in practice'. This research project contributes to the collection of epidemiological data from Dutch children. In addition, a manageable measuring instrument is being developed to evaluate interventions to ultimately improve oral health among children.
The driving force behind Brenda is to contribute to improving the oral health of children in the Netherlands through applied research. At the moment the focus is mainly on gaining experience in order to increase her qualities in the research. In addition, her role as teacher of Dental Hygiene can contribute to support dental hygienists in training to improve the oral health of Dutch people.