March 2012

Volume 29, Issue 1

Editorial - Dental Public Health in Action

Authors: G. Davies
doi: 10.1922/CDH_Mar12Editorial01


Editorial - Dental Public Health in Action G. Davies In Michael Lennon’s inaugural editorial in the March 2011 issue of this journal he noted that the Journal is subscribed to, and read, by a wide range of members. Some of these will be academics and many more will be practitioners in the fields of dental public health or clinical care of special groups. In order to ensure the Journal meets the needs of its wider readership the new editor has charged the incoming members of the Editorial Board to give these members a voice. During times of change, such as are currently being experienced by many countries and health services as a result of the changing economic climate, the principles and disciplines of dental public health (DPH) remain. Similarly, the key functions of practitioners continue, regardless of the organisational structures within which we work. DPH practitioners are more likely to seek support during such times and the networks offered by BASCD and EADPH may provide assistance so that practitioners do not feel that they are working alone. Currently these informal networks are augmented by member’s presentations at BASCD conferences and poster presentations at EADH which demonstrate the practical activities of members. The Journal intends to provide an additional forum for practitioners by instigating a new feature which will offer another avenue of shared working. This will comprise a new section for short articles from DPH practitioners and will be published under the banner title of ‘Dental Public Health in Action’. In contrast to academic papers these shorter items will not describe research or standard epidemiological surveys, nor will they follow the format of such papers. Rather, they will describe a piece of work that has been undertaken by a DPH practitioner and their team that is likely to be of interest and relevance to other practitioners. These may cover such topics as service re-design or re-alignment, health needs assessments or equity audits, examples of good engagement with patients, population or professionals, health improvement activities or any other topic which would be of interest to fellow DPH practitioners. It is anticipated that this list will expand as practitioners read early articles and identify work of their own that they would like to describe and share. Authors will usually be asked to write their offerings under the following headings; Initial impetus, solution suggested, actual outcome, challenges addressed, future implications and learning points. This structure may not be suited to all types of projects or commentaries but authors should bear in mind the aims of the initiative and the British and European membership. Authors will be encouraged to share setbacks or unexpected outcomes within their articles, as well as positive and successful actions, as these can have great benefit for others who can learn from other’s experience. Articles should be limited to 2,500 words with no more than one table and one small figure. A reviewing system will be applied and editorial assistance will be freely available, particularly for those who may not have wide experience in reporting for a journal. Any DPH practitioner, at whatever level, may offer suitable articles to Gill Davies, Deputy Editor, at gill. [email protected]. Suggestions of topics of interest are also sought so that useful articles can be commissioned from those who have worked on the area of interest but are not spontaneously forthcoming in terms of reporting these. The first of these ‘Dental Public Health in Action’ articles is published in this issue. It is written by a Clinical Director of a Primary Dental Care service and it describes the establishment of a primary care based service for oral surgery. Members will see that it describes the benefits of the service and the past and future challenges the author and her team face. Dr Gill Davies, Specialist in Dental Public Health, National Health Seervice, Manchester Reference Lennon, M.A.(2011): Editorial. Community Dental Health 28, 3.


Other articles in this issue

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Editorial - Dental Public Health in Action 3-3 Download
Acknowledgement of Referees 4-4 Download
A description of a specialist led primary care based oral surgery service 5-7 Download
The caries experience of 11 to 12 year-old children in Scotland and Wales and 12 year-olds in England in 2008-2009: Reports of co-ordinated surveys using BASCD methodology 8-13 Download
Assessment of caries experience in epidemiological surveys: a review 14-20 Download
Dental caries experience among 12-year-old children in Northwest Russia 20-24 Download
Variations in caries diagnoses and treatment recommendations and their impacts on the costs of oral health care 25-28 Download
Caries prevalence of 5, 12 and 15-year-old Greek children: A national pathfinder survey 29-32 Download
Associated factors of tooth wear among Malaysian 16-year-olds: a case-control study in Kota Bharu, Kelantan 33-38 Download
Factors associated with self-assessed masticatory ability among community-dwelling elderly Japanese 39-44 Download
The use of occlusal indices in high-impact literature 45-48 Download
Oral health status of a group of illicit drug users in Delhi, India 49-54 Download
Promoting Positive Health Behaviours – ‘Tooth Worm’ Phenomenon and its Implications 55-61 Download
Development and testing of a theory-based behavioural change intervention: A pilot investigation in a nursery school in a deprived area of Scotland 62-67 Download
The oral health status of Special Olympics athletes in Belgium 68-73 Download
Coincidence and awareness of oral parafunctions in college students 74-77 Download
Illness-related behaviour and sociodemographic determinants of oral health care use in Dabou, Côte d’Ivoire 78-84 Download
Number of teeth and its association with central obesity in older Southern Brazilians 85-89 Download
Perception of oral health related quality of life (OHQoL-UK) among periodontal risk patients before and after periodontal therapy 90-94 Download
Dental Fluorosis, Dental Caries, and Quality of Life Factors among Schoolchildren in a Colombian Fluorotic Area 95-99 Download
Relationship of Periodontal Disease to Pre-term Low Birth Weight Infants in a Selected Population - A Prospective Study. 100-105 Download
Dental Enamel Defects in Italian Children with Cystic Fibrosis: an observational study 106-109 Download
Orofacial pain symptoms and associated disability and psychosocial impact in community-dwelling and institutionalized elderly in Hong Kong 110-116 Download
Association of hyposalivation with oral function, nutrition and oral health in community-dwelling elderly Thai 117-123 Download
Assessment of the relationship between perceptions of dental aesthetics and demand for orthodontic treatment in 10 – 11 year old school children in Birmingham, UK. 124-128 Download


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