June 2019

Volume 36, Issue 2

Transnational corporations, oral health and human agency: a sociological perspective

Authors: Professor B Gibson
doi: 10.1922/CDH_SpecialIssueGibson06


This paper explores the range of approaches that might be adopted in order to take seriously the challenge that Transnational Corporations (TNCs) pose to inequalities in oral health. The challenge we must face together is the challenge of promoting freedom from disease and enabling all humans to fl ourish. The paper examines how the goals of the new public health might be better realised through consideration of the ‘corporate determinants of health’. It is argued that in order to meaningfully engage with the challenge posed by TNCs in oral health we have to recognise that not all TNCs are evil. Indeed some TNCs have played a central role in the improvements in the oral health of populations over the last fi fty or so years. The paper goes on to outline how an awareness of different professional strategies can be used to frame an interdisciplinary programme of work looking at the role of TNCs in oral health. These strategies involve a professional focus on data collection and analysis, a focus on policy, being critical, being publicly involved, and acting with foresight. The paper goes on to provide an outline of how these strategies might be pursued to engage TNCs in a programme of research around inequalities in oral health. It is proposed that we form a broad collaboration between appropriate TNCs, academics and funders. This paper provides a very brief sketch about how such a program might be envisaged.


Other articles in this issue

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Editorial - How soon is soon enough? The challenge of implementing behaviours conducive to good oral health in at-risk infants and toddlers 89-90 Download
Dental Public Health in Action - Patient and professional engagement in the procurement of dental services 91-94 Download
A qualitative study on the oral health of humanitarian migrants in Canada 95-100 Download
What influences use of dental services by the Korean disabled people? The role of perceived barriers in dental care system 101-105 Download
In-school toothbrushing programs in Aboriginal communities in New South Wales, Australia: A thematic analysis of teachers’ perspectives 106-110 Download
Relationship between Caregivers’ Oral Health Literacy and their Child’s Caries Experience 111-117 Download
What evidence do economic evaluations in dental care provide? A scoping review 118-125 Download
The Effectiveness of Reform in the Dental Health Systems of Transitional Countries: The Case of Montenegro Health Reform (pilot study) 126-130 Download
Costs of dental care and its financial impacts on patients in a population with low availability of services 131-136 Download
Identifying the barriers and facilitators for homeless people to achieve good oral health 137-142 Download
Comparison of two measures to determine the oral health-related quality of life in elders with periodontal disease 143-149 Download
Transnational corporations and oral health inequalities; an introduction 151-151 Download
Political economy, trade relations and health inequalities: lessons from general health 152-156 Download
Transnational corporations and oral health: examples from the sugar industry 157-162 Download
The Transnational Tobacco Industry and Oral Health 163-168 Download
Transnational corporations, oral health and human agency: a sociological perspective 169-174 Download


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