Oral Health - Healthcare Providers
Good oral health means preventing tooth decay and gum disease. In addition to contributing to appearance and self-esteem, healthy teeth and gums help you to speak clearly and eat nutritious food. Nowadays, with improved oral hygiene habits and home care products, community water fluoridation, better access to preventive care, and modern dentistry treatments; dental disease is largely preventable.
There are effective clinical preventive interventions available to reduce the risk of dental disease. However, research has shown that dental disease is related to maternal education, socioeconomic status, and other social determinants of health. Diet, self-care, drug use, stress, and trauma adversely impact oral health. A Common Risk Factor approach for promoting oral health, therefore, holds much promise.1
The resources provided in this section can assist health care professionals and educators in promoting oral health. A collaborative approach towards other chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and hypertension may make for more efficient use of resources, align health messaging, and in the long run – produce better outcomes.