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Community Dental Health

Z Momeni, A Pakdaman, M Asadi-Lari, M R Vaez-Mahdavi, A R Shamshiri, H Hessari
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of dental pain in the past year among adults in Tehran-Iran, and its determinants. BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN: Cross-sectional population study. PARTICIPANTS: A sample of 20,322 adults (18-64 years old). METHODS: A questionnaire survey was conducted across the 22 districts using the multi-stage random sampling method. Data were analysed applying the complex samples method. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to adjust the effects of other variables on the outcome variable as dental pain in the past year...
September 2016: Community Dental Health
M Balasubramanian, A J Spencer, S D Short, K Watkins, S Chrisopoulos, D S Brennan
INTRODUCTION: The integration of qualitative and quantitative approaches introduces new avenues to bridge strengths, and address weaknesses of both methods. OBJECTIVE: To develop measure(s) for migrant dentist experiences in Australia through a mixed methods approach. METHODS: The sequential qualitative-quantitative design involved first the harvesting of data items from qualitative study, followed by a national survey of migrant dentists in Australia...
September 2016: Community Dental Health
J Doughty, R Lala, Z Marshman
INTRODUCTION: The popularity of cosmetic surgery has seen a rapid increase recently, with the trend mirrored in dentistry. The Department of Health expressed concerns about the potential for biological and psychosocial harm of these cosmetic procedures. Furthermore, the dental public health implications (DPH) of the growing uptake of cosmetic dental procedures have not been explored. OBJECTIVES: Conduct a scoping review to explore the DPH implications of cosmetic dentistry and identify gaps for future research...
September 2016: Community Dental Health
E Joury, M Alghadban, K Elias, R Bedi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of an integrated oral health promotion intervention, within the Syrian national immunisation programme, which provided free preventive dental health products, without health workers' counselling, on one-year-old infants' tooth-brushing and bottle-feeding termination practices. RESEARCH DESIGN: a randomised controlled parallel-group trial. SETTING: A maternal and child health centre in Sweida city, Syria...
September 2016: Community Dental Health
S Birch, R Price, P Andreou, G Jones, A Portolesi
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the association between the restorative material used and time to further treatment across population cohorts with universal coverage for dental treatment. BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN: Cohort study of variation in survival time for tooth restorations over time and by restoration material used based on an Accelerated Failure Time model. CLINICAL SETTING: Primary dental care clinics. PARTICIPANTS: Members of Canada's First Nations and Inuit population covered by the Non-Insured Health Benefits program of Health Canada for the period April 1, 1999 to March 31, 2012...
September 2016: Community Dental Health
A Fägerstad, J Windahl, K Arnrup
OBJECTIVE: To review articles exploring manifestations of avoidance of or non-attendance to dental care, to identify background and concomitant factors specifically associated with dental avoidance among adolescents. METHODS: PubMed, CINAHL and PsychINFO were searched using MeSH terms and keywords covering dental avoidance, non-attendance and non-utilization. Searches were limited to peer-reviewed studies in English, published in 1994-2014. Twenty-one research articles were included...
September 2016: Community Dental Health
K K Walker, R D Jackson
OBJECTIVE: To categorize and tabulate layperson inquiries made to an Internet dental health support site to identify oral conditions and associated behaviors of concern. METHODS: A retrospective tabulation of wall postings was made from an established dental health support website hosted by WebMD over a 2-year period (April 2013-April 2015). A mixed method approach of content and thematic analysis was used. Content analysis identified content of oral health concerns, while thematic analysis using grounded theory identified themes and beliefs concerning associated behaviors...
September 2016: Community Dental Health
J Doughty, D Simons, N Pearson, P Evans, D Wright
Impetus for action: Inequity of dental health and dental service use for Travellers in the UK. National guidance on improving community oral health, stresses an imperative to involve and engage with "those whose economic, social and environmental circumstances or lifestyle place them at high risk of poor oral health or make it difficult for them to access dental services". Solution: Oral health promotion and simple treatments were provided on two Traveller sites from a mobile dental unit (MDU) over a 5-day period and patients with extensive oral disease were referred to a fixed-site clinic for continued care...
September 2016: Community Dental Health
P M C James
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September 2016: Community Dental Health
I G Chestnutt
In 1966, James published an article in the British Dental Journal (and reprinted here) which made recommendations on the teaching of dental public health. The following commentary reviews the ideas put forward by James and how these relate to concepts of dental public health in the undergraduate dental curricula of 2016 .
September 2016: Community Dental Health
Ffion Lloyd-Williams, Simon Capewell
This editorial briefly considers the increasing epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, the underlying drivers of junk food and sugary drinks, and the recent scientific and campaigning movements culminating in the UK Chancellor's surprise announcement of a Sugary Drinks Levy.
September 2016: Community Dental Health
L A Foster Page, V Chen, B Gibson, J McMillan
To date the role of health professional schools in addressing oral health inequalities have been minimal, as attempts have focused principally upon systemic reform and broader societal obligations. Professionalism is a broad competency that is taught throughout dental schools and encompasses a range of attributes. Professionalism as a competency draws some debate and appears to be a shifting phenomenon. We may ask if professionalism in the dental curricula may be better addressed by social accountability? Social accountability directs oral health professional curricula (education, research, and service activities) towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, in our case oral health inequalities...
June 2016: Community Dental Health
R V Harris
All over the world, we see that communities with the greatest dental need receive the poorest care--a truism first summarised by the Inverse Care Law in 1971. Despite efforts to attract dentists to under-served areas with incentives such as 'deprivation payments', the playing field is still uphill because of the fundamental inequalities which exist in society itself Deep-seated cultural values which are accepting of a power difference between the 'haves' and 'have nots', and that emphasise individualism over collectivism, are hard to shift...
June 2016: Community Dental Health
A Durey, D Bessarab, L Slack-Smith
OBJECTIVE: To address the mouth as a site of structural inequalities looking through the lens of Aboriginal Australian experience. RESEARCH DESIGN: This is a critical review of published literature relevant to our objective. Criteria for selection included articles on: the social context of oral and general health inequalities for Aboriginal Australians; Aboriginal perceptions and meanings of the mouth and experiences of oral health care and the role of the current political-economic climate in promoting or compromising oral health for Aboriginal Australians...
June 2016: Community Dental Health
L B Gibson, M Blake, S Baker
This paper seeks to identify an important point of contact between the literature on inequalities in oral health and the sociology of power. The paper begins by exploring the problem of social inequalities in oral health from the point of view of human freedom. It then goes on to briefly consider why inequalities in oral health matter before providing a brief overview of current approaches to reducing inequalities in oral health. After this the paper briefly introduces the problem of power in sociology before going on to outline why the problem of power matters in the problem of inequalities in oral health...
June 2016: Community Dental Health
K Liddiard, D Goodley
Our aims in this paper are threefold. First, to understand how the mouth reveals the kinds of human beings that are de/valued in specific national locations and in global discourses with special attention on disability. Second, to subject the mouth to analysis from critical disability studies, specifically, an approach we describe as dis/ability studies. Third, to ask how the mouth might work as a site of resistance for disabled people. The paper begins by providing an introduction to critical disability studies, a perspective that foregrounds disability as the primary focus for thinking through the ways in which the body and society are shaped together...
June 2016: Community Dental Health
Lisa M Jamieson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2016: Community Dental Health
N A Mohd Nor, I G Chestnuttl, B L Chadwick
OBJECTIVE: To assess examiner reliability when scoring dental fluorosis in Malaysian children using clinical (Dean's Index) and photographic methods. METHOD: The upper central incisors of 111 children were examined both clinically and photographically for fluorosis status using Dean's index. Twenty children were re-examined after a two-week interval for intra-examiner reliability by a single examiner. In addition, two independent examiners and the clinical examiner scored 111 photographic images of the same children in a standardized manner...
June 2016: Community Dental Health
E K Bergström, P Lingström, M Hakeberg, L Gahnberg, U M Sköld
UNLABELLED: In 2003, 19 public dental clinics in Västra Götaland Region implemented a population-based programme with fluoride varnish applications at school every six months, for all 12 to 15 year olds. In 2008, the programme was extended to include all 112 clinics in the region. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate caries increment and to perform a cost analysis of the programme. BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN: A retrospective design with caries data for two birth cohorts extracted from dental records...
June 2016: Community Dental Health
M Phillips, E Masterson, W Sabbah
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between 2-6 year-olds' caries experience and selected maternal oral and general health-related behaviours in an American sample. METHODS: Data pertaining to 917 child/mother pairs was from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1988-1994. Child caries experience was indicated by the presence of one or more decayed or filled tooth. Data on maternal smoking, frequency of dental visits, consumption of unhealthy food and oral hygiene was linked to children data using the natality file...
June 2016: Community Dental Health
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