September 2013

Volume 30, Issue 3

The origins of BASCD and the Specialty of Dental Public Health: Some personal memories

Authors: T. Dowell
doi: 10.1922/CDH_3262Dowell02


Retired Consultant in Dental Public Health The editorial in the March issue of this Journal by JE Gallagher (2013) outlined the formation of BASCD on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of its founding. It describes well a range of issues which had to be addressed at the time and in the period leading up to recognition of the specialty but says nothing about what it felt like at the time. I remember well the letter written by Geoffrey Slack (1972) to the BDJ drawing attention to the importance of a population approach to oral health. My own interest in the area had started many years before while in general practice in Huddersfield. After a somewhat naïve attempt to run a substantial dental health education programme I was appointed Chief Dental Officer to Huddersfield County Borough. The routine visits to schools in the mid-1960s immediately demonstrated not only the overall poor oral health of the child population but also the alarming social, ethnic and local variations. I am proud that information about the situation which I presented to the Council resulted in the introduction of water fluoridation. This was especially pleasing since Huddersfield was the home town of the secretary of the National Pure Water Association. This together with another scheme introduced after my move to Cheshire in 1968 undoubtedly contributed more to the health of the population than all of my other efforts over the years. ...


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Editorial - The Challenges of Scientific Publishing 130-131 Download
The origins of BASCD and the Specialty of Dental Public Health: Some personal memories 132-133 Download
Dental Public Health in Action - Oral health education and disease prevention in primary dental care: Insight from a pilot intervention targeting children aged 0-7 years in northeast England 134-137 Download
Caries prevalence in 12-year-old children from Germany: Results of the 2009 national survey 138-142 Download
Longitudinal register study of attendance frequencies in public and private dental services in Finland 143-148 Download
The geographic distribution of patients seeking emergency dental care at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, Australia 149-154 Download
Using GIS to analyse dental practice distribution in Indiana, USA 155-160 Download
Oral health care services utilisation in the adult US population: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2006 161-167 Download
Dental infections increase the likelihood of hospital admissions among adult patients with sickle cell disease 168-172 Download
Preschool teachers as agents of oral health promotion: an intervention study in Sri Lanka 173-177 Download
Oral health literacy and information sources among adults in Tehran, Iran 178-182 Download
Child oral health-related quality of life (COHQoL), enamel defects of the first permanent molars and caries experience among children in Western Australia 183-188 Download
Oral health-related quality of life in non-syndromic cleft lip and/or palate patients: a systematic review 189-195 Download


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