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The value of education in special care dentistry as a means of reducing inequalities in oral health

Faulks, D., Freedman, L., Thompson, Shelagh, Sagheri, D. and Dougall, A. 2012. The value of education in special care dentistry as a means of reducing inequalities in oral health. European Journal of Dental Education 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2012.00736.x

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People with disability are subject to inequality in oral health both in terms of prevalence of disease and unmet healthcare needs. Over 18% of the global population is living with moderate to severe functional problems related to disability, and a large proportion of these persons will require Special Care Dentistry at some point in their lifetime. It is estimated that 90% of people requiring Special Care Dentistry should be able to access treatment in a local, primary care setting. Provision of such primary care is only possible through the education and training of dentists. The literature suggests that it is vital for the dental team to develop the necessary skills and gain experience treating people with special needs in order to ensure access to the provision of oral health care. Education in Special Care Dentistry worldwide might be improved by the development of a recognised academic and clinical discipline and by providing international curricula guidelines based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF, WHO). This article aims to discuss the role and value of promoting and harmonising education in Special Care Dentistry as a means of reducing inequalities in oral health.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Special care dentistry ; Dental education ; International classification of functioning disability and health ; Special needs ; Primary health care ; Disabled persons ; Oral health
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1396-5883
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:56

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