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The value of education in special care dentistry as a means of reducing inequalities in oral health.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23050499     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
D Faulks; L Freedman; S Thompson; D Sagheri; A Dougall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-02-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of dental education : official journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1600-0579     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Dent Educ     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-11     Completed Date:  2013-10-17     Revised Date:  2013-11-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712132     Medline TA:  Eur J Dent Educ     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  195-201     Citation Subset:  D    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Care for Disabled*
Developmental Disabilities / epidemiology*
Disabled Persons / statistics & numerical data
Education, Dental*
Health Services Accessibility
Health Status Disparities*
International Classification of Diseases
Oral Health*
Specialties, Dental / education
Republished from:
Br Dent J. 2013 Oct;215(7):349-50   [PMID:  24113957 ]

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