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The Public Health Approach to Oral Health: A Literature Review

Published inOral, vol. 4, no. 2, p. 231-242
Publication date2024-05-20
First online date2024-05-20
Abstract

Background: Oral health (OH) has evolved beyond dental concerns to encompass psychosocial dimensions and overall well-being. This study reviews OH strategies within a public health framework to identify key elements for effective OH promotion.

Methods: A literature review following PRISMA guidelines identified 42 relevant articles from 62 screened. Five themes emerged: group-level, individual-level, policy-level (emphasizing devising OH policies), healthcare delivery, and communication. Common components included OH education, behaviour change, access to OH services, and policy integration.

Results: Thematic analysis identified five overarching themes in oral health (OH) promotion strategies, with a focus on tailored approaches for specific populations and components such as education, access to services, interventions, and policy, emphasizing the multifaceted nature of OH promotion.

Conclusion: Effective OH promotion requires a multifaceted approach and tailored strategies with interprofessional collaboration. Future research should focus on cost-effectiveness and user-friendly resources for OH professionals and policymakers.

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CABRERA, Mariel, BEDI, Raman, LOMAZZI, Marta. The Public Health Approach to Oral Health: A Literature Review. In: Oral, 2024, vol. 4, n° 2, p. 231–242. doi: 10.3390/oral4020019
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