September 2016

Volume 33, Issue 3

Challenges identified in a pilot outreach dental service for Traveller children in Hackney, East London

Authors: J Doughty D Simons N Pearson P Evans D Wright
doi: 10.1922/CDH_3909Doughty04


Dental Public Health in Action Impetus for action: Inequity of dental health and dental service use for Travellers in the UK. National guidance on improving community oral health, stresses an imperative to involve and engage with “those whose economic, social and environmental circumstances or lifestyle place them at high risk of poor oral health or make it difficult for them to access dental services”. Solution: Oral health promotion and simple treatments were provided on two Traveller sites from a mobile dental unit (MDU) over a 5-day period and patients with extensive oral disease were referred to a fixed-site clinic for continued care. Outcomes: Most children, 60%, reportedly brushed once daily or less, only 40% brushed twice daily. Obvious visual caries were evident in 23 out of the 35 children (66%). A moderate to high risk of developing future caries was identified in 92% of Traveller children based on their existing diet, oral hygiene practices and caries experience. Future: Oral care was successfully provided on an MDU, but this is an expensive resource and should not be considered a permanent solution. Oral health promotion messages delivered in the families’ homes or local community settings through their established health services, such as health visitors or community nurses, may help to reinforce good oral hygiene and diet practices and needs robust evaluation. Key words: travellers, access, mobile dental unit, children, oral health, England


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