June 2016

Volume 33, Issue 2

Inequalities in oral health: the role of sociology

Authors: B. Gibson M. Blake S. Baker
doi: 10.1922/CDH_3716Gibson05


Inequalities in oral health: the role of sociology B. Gibson, M. Blake and S. Baker Abstract: This paper seeks to identify an important point of contact between the literature on inequalities in oral health and the sociology of power. The paper begins by exploring the problem of social inequalities in oral health from the point of view of human freedom. It then goes on to briefly consider why inequalities in oral health matter before providing a brief overview of current approaches to reducing inequalities in oral health. After this the paper briefly introduces the problem of power in sociology before going on to outline why the problem of power matters in the problem of inequalities in oral health. Here the paper discusses how two key principles associated with the social bond have become central to how we think about health related inequalities. These principles are the principle of treating everyone the same (the principle of autonomy) and the related principle of allowing everyone to pursue their own goals (the principle of intimacy). These principles are outlined and subsequently discussed in detail with application to debates about interventions to reduce oral health related inequalities including that of water fluoridation. The paper highlights how the ‘Childsmile’ programme in Scotland appears to successfully negotiate the tensions inherent in attempting to do something about inequalities in oral health. Key words: inequality, oral health, sociology, freedom, Scotland


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Editorial - Prevention of dental caries through the use of fluoride – the WHO approach 66-68 Download
Fluoride and Oral Health 69-99 Download
Child oral health in migrant families: A cross-sectional study of caries in 1-4 year old children from migrant backgrounds residing in Melbourne, Australia 100-106 Download
Choosing a measure of Health Related Quality of Life 107-115 Download
Feasibility, utility and impact of a national dental epidemiological survey of three-year-old children in England 2013 116-120 Download
Dental anxiety, concomitant factors and change in prevalence over 50 years 121-126 Download
A bi-level intervention to improve oral hygiene of older and disabled adults in low-income housing: results of a pilot study 127-132 Download
Association between child caries and maternal health-related behaviours 133-137 Download
Caries and costs: an evaluation of a school-based fluoride varnish programme for adolescents in a Swedish region 138-144 Download
Examiner reliability in fluorosis scoring: a comparison of photographic and clinical methods 145-150 Download
The mouth as a site of structural inequalities; an introduction 151-151 Download
The mouth and dis/ability 152-155 Download
Inequalities in oral health: the role of sociology 156-160 Download
The mouth as a site of structural inequalities; the experience of Aboriginal Australians 161-163 Download
Do ‘poor areas’ get the services they deserve? The role of dental services in structural inequalities in oral health 164-167 Download
Overcoming structural inequalities in oral health: the role of dental curricula 168-172 Download


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