June 2012

Volume 29, Issue 2

Dental Public Health in Action - The Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe Report of a New Initiative

Authors: K.A. Eaton
doi: 10.1922/CDH_2960Eaton


President of the European Association of Dental Public Health and Chair of Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe. Public health practitioners are required to apply their competencies at a range of levels from governmental to small community groups. A recurring theme at BASCD conferences has been the need to influence policy at the highest level if improvements to oral health and better treatment of oral ill-health are to occur. This paper presents a clear example of such dental public health action at a European level. This report outlines the reasons why it is necessary to try to improve oral health within Europe, in general, and the European Union in particular. It goes on to describe how the newly formed Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe is trying to work at a macro level, and bring interested associations, groups and individuals together. Collectively they can then alert European institutions and national governments to oral health problems and promote policies to improve the current situation. It describes the current problems, their resource implications, the objectives of the Platform, its actions so far and its plans for the immediate future. It suggests that, if the problems are to be addressed, it will be necessary for all interested parties to work together at a European level to raise oral health issues higher on the EU agenda. Key words: Health promotion, European Union, International cooperation


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