Oral Health Research and the MDG's: Examples from Dundee, Scotland

Kristina Wanyonyi, Emma Coles, Peter Mossey, Ruth Freeman, Nigel Pitts

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Abstract

Introduction: Research has shown that poor oral health is one of the strongest indicators of deprivation. It is through tackling inequalities in health that we make steps towards reducing the health divide and improving longevity, health and wellbeing among the more deprived.
Objectives:, to provide an overview example of oral health research that seeks to tackle health inequalities and contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Dundee and Scotland. And by so doing, explore effective approaches of translating these examples to other regions.

Methods:, a review of current research addressing oral health inequalities, conducted in Dundee and Scotland, will be discussed. This includes work with socially-excluded groups such as homeless populations.

Results:, this review will show the need for consultations with the target groups in research through needs assessment. Also to be revealed is the prevalence of orofacial clefts among low socio-economic groups with strong positive associations between orofacial clefts and deprivation.This further emphasizes the need for research among socially excluded groups.

Conclusion:, Oral health inequalities may be reduced by appropriate health interventions. It is suggested that through capacity building and collaborative work similar evidence based interventions can be developed globally and assist in achieving the Millennium Development Goals
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventIADR East & Southern African Division Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference (October 26-29, 2010) (Dar es salaam) -
Duration: 26 Oct 201029 Oct 2010

Conference

ConferenceIADR East & Southern African Division Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference (October 26-29, 2010) (Dar es salaam)
Period26/10/1029/10/10

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