December 2021

Volume 38, Issue 4

Editorial:Delivering Better Oral Health 2021 – What’s new and where next?

Authors: Godson JH Gallagher JE
doi: 10.1922/CDH_Dec21BDOHeditorial02


Delivering Better Oral Health (DBOH) was first published in 2007 (Department of Health et al., 2007) at the request of the Department of Health to the British Association of Community Dentistry (BASCD). It was led by Dr Sue Gregory, who was at that time President of BASCD; and, thereafter, appointed Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England. The purpose of the document was to support dental teams in a more preventive approach to dental care based on the best available evidence. Practitioners have access to an enormous amount of information, and it was intended that DBOH would provide a simple guide to the evidence, explaining what the research meant in practical terms for the preventive advice and treatment of their patients. The approach promoted preventive care for all patients and additional support for those most at risk of poor oral health. DBOH was to be a living document, regularly updated. It was revised in 2009 and 2014, when after the Health and Social Care Act (2012), Public Health England took on the leadership of its development. In 2017 revisions responsed to changes in guidance; the publication by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition of the Carbohydrates and Health Report (SACN, 2015) which led to a revised healthier eating section and the Chief Medical Officers’ (2016) new guidelines on alcohol were also incorporated.


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Editorial: The importance of studying communication processes in the dentist: patient interaction 222-223 Download
Editorial:Delivering Better Oral Health 2021 – What’s new and where next? 224-225 Download
Dental Public Health in Action: Experiences and Responses of Oral Health Care Professionals during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Malta 226-229 Download
Determinants of anterior tooth loss in Chilean adults: data from the Chilean National Health Survey 2016-2017. 230-234 Download
Family Functioning and Dental Behaviours of Pre-school Children 235-240 Download
Social inequality in tooth loss: separate and joint effects of household income and dental visits 241-245 Download
Periodontal Status as Mediator of the Association between Socioeconomic Status and Oral Health-Related Quality of Life in Pregnant Women 246-250 Download
Parental perception and acceptance of silver diamine fluoride treatment among Syrian refugees 251-255 Download
A utilisation profile of publicly financed oral examinations in the Republic of Ireland 256-260 Download
Twitter communication of the UK public on dental health and care during a COVID lockdown: “My kingdom for a dentist” 261-267 Download
Private practice dentists’ views of oral health injustice 268-274 Download
Effectiveness of school-based behavioural interventions to improve children’s oral health by reducing sugar intake and promoting oral hygiene: A rapid review of randomised controlled trials. 275-283 Download
Obituary: Ruth Freeman 1954 – 2021 284-284 Download


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