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Delivering prevention to the community course for Dental Practitioners

Speciality Classification
Oral Health
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Dental Surgery, elfh, NHS

This session suggests approaches to promote the oral health of the community. It outlines the rationale for community-based preventative measures, describes the approaches available and provides guidelines on appraising the literature that supports a community-based approach.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • list the epidemiological information required to decide on an appropriate oral health promotion strategy
  • describe the shortcomings of conventional dental health education
  • outline the basis for the Common Risk Factor Strategy
  • suggest appropriate settings for oral health promotion for different population groups
  • outline the role of a dentist in oral health promotion strategy

The effectiveness reviews highlight that most psychological theories of health behaviour change used in chairside oral health education, largely ignore the fundamental importance of the social, environmental and political determinants of health.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • have reviewed the e-Den session Patient assessment/Health promotion and disease prevention/Principles of prevention
  • be familiar with 2 important publications: The Scientific Basis of Oral Health Education and Delivering Better Oral Health - An evidence based toolkit for prevention
Instructors / Speakers
Professor Aubrey Sheiham BDS PhD DHC,
Emeritus Professor of Dental Public Health, University College London

Aubrey is based at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London Medical School. He qualified from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1957 and then came to England where he entered general dental practice and later taught and carried out research in oral surgery, periodontology and dental public health. His research interests are how to assess dental needs, determinants of health behaviours, and how the mouth affects people’s quality of life.

Delivering prevention to the community course for Dental Practitioners
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Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
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