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Oral Health

Myron Allukian and Alice M. Horowitz

in Social Injustice and Public Health

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171853
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.003.0020
Oral Health

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This chapter describes the impact of social injustice on oral health. It defines oral health and describes the oral disease epidemic. A box in the chapter describes social inequalities in oral health internationally. The chapter discusses national priorities, local and state priorities, school programs, dental public health infrastructure, the dental workforce, and practices of the food and tobacco industries. It describes what needs to be done to improve oral health and reduce the impact of social injustice on oral health.

Keywords: dental care; health literacy; international health; health policy; food industry; tobacco industry; national health program

Chapter.  8112 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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