Dental Health

Fluoride monitoring report finds lower levels of tooth decay in fluoridated areas and no evidence of harm to health – Public Health England – 25 March 2014

Posted on March 27, 2014. Filed under: Dental Health | Tags: , |

Fluoride monitoring report finds lower levels of tooth decay in fluoridated areas and no evidence of harm to health – Public Health England – 25 March 2014

“Children in local authorities with water fluoridation schemes (where the level of fluoride is adjusted to 1 part per million) have less tooth decay than those in local authorities without such schemes, says a new report by Public Health England (PHE). Water fluoridation: health monitoring report for England 2014

As many as 45% fewer children aged one to four in fluoridated areas are admitted to hospital for tooth decay – primarily to have decayed teeth extracted under a general anaesthetic – than in non-fluoridated areas.

The report says there is no evidence of harm to health in fluoridated areas. PHE has found no differences between fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas in their rates of hip fracture, osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer), cancers overall, Down’s syndrome births or all-cause mortality (all recorded causes of death).

Rates of kidney stones and bladder cancer were lower in fluoridated areas than non-fluoridated areas, the report says. PHE cautions that this should not be interpreted as a ‘protective effect’ from fluoridated water, as the lower rates may be due to other factors and the possibility that they occurred by chance cannot be ruled out.”

 

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Final Report of National Advisory Council on Dental Health – February 2012

Posted on February 28, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health |

Final Report of National Advisory Council on Dental Health – February 2012

“The National Advisory Council on Dental Health (the Council) was established as a time-limited group to provide strategic, independent advice on dental health issues, as requested by Minister for Health and Ageing, to the Government. The Council’s priority task was to provide advice on dental policy options and priorities for consideration in the 2012-13 Budget.”

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Dental reform: an overview of universal dental schemes – Parliamentary Library – 22 February 2012

Posted on February 28, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health | Tags: , |

Dental reform: an overview of universal dental schemes – Parliamentary Library – 22 February 2012\

Amanda Biggs, Social Policy Section.  Background Notes

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Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations – Institute of Medicine – 13 July 2011

Posted on July 14, 2011. Filed under: Dental Health | Tags: , |

Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations – Institute of Medicine – 13 July 2011

“Good health requires good oral health, yet millions of Americans lack access to basic oral health care. Various factors create barriers, preventing access to care for vulnerable and underserved populations, such as children and Medicaid beneficiaries. The Health Resources and Services Administration and the California HealthCare Foundation asked the IOM and the National Research Council to assess the current oral health care system, to develop a vision for how to improve oral health care for these populations, and to recommend ways to achieve this vision.

Access to oral health care across the life cycle is critical to overall health, and it will take flexibility and ingenuity among multiple stakeholders—including government leaders, oral health professionals, and others—to make this access available. To improve provider participation in public programs, states should increase Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program reimbursement rates. With proper training, nondental health care professionals can acquire the skills to perform oral disease screenings and provide other preventive services. Dental schools should expand opportunities for dental students to care for patients with complex oral health care needs in community-based settings in order to improve the students’ comfort levels in caring for vulnerable and underserved populations.  Finally, states should examine and amend state practice laws to allow healthcare professionals to practice to their highest level of competence. The IOM’s recommendations provide a roadmap for the important and necessary next steps to improve access to oral health care, reduce oral health disparities, and improve the oral health of the nation’s vulnerable and underserved populations.”

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The U.S. Oral Health Workforce in the Coming Decade: – Workshop Summary Institute of Medicine August 2009

Posted on August 7, 2009. Filed under: Dental Health, Workforce | Tags: , |

The U.S. Oral Health Workforce in the Coming Decade:  – Workshop Summary Institute of Medicine August 2009

Authors:  Tracy A. Harris, Rapporteur; Planning Committee for a Workshop on the Sufficiency of the U.S. Oral Health Workforce in the Coming Decade; Institute of Medicine
ISBN-10: 0-309-13904-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-13904-5

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Review of NHS dental services in England – June 2009

Posted on June 24, 2009. Filed under: Dental Health | Tags: |

Review of NHS dental services in England – June 2009

Professor Jimmy Steele [has] published his independent Review of NHS Dental Services. The review has been running since December 2008 when the previous Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, appointed the review team to help the Government to ensure that every person who wants to access an NHS dentist can do so and that NHS dentists deliver high quality care and offer preventative work.

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