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The prevalence of dental caries and fissure sealants in 12 year old children by disadvantaged status in Dublin (Ireland).Sagheri, D; McLoughlin, J; Clarkson, J J; Department of Public and Child Dental Health, Dublin Dental School and Hospital, Trinity College, Ireland. email@example.com (2009-03)The aim was to record dental caries levels and the presence of fissure sealants in 12-year-old schoolchildren whose domestic water supply had been fluoridated since birth in Dublin (Ireland).
The value of education in special care dentistry as a means of reducing inequalities in oral health.Faulks, D; Freedman, L; Thompson, S; Sagheri, D; Dougall, A; CHU Clermont-Ferrand, Service d'Odontologie and Clermont Université, Université d'Auvergne, EA 3847, Clermont Ferrand, France. (2012-11)People with disability are subject to inequality in oral health both in terms of prevalence of disease and unmet healthcare needs. Over 18% of the global population is living with moderate to severe functional problems related to disability, and a large proportion of these persons will require Special Care Dentistry at some point in their lifetime. It is estimated that 90% of people requiring Special Care Dentistry should be able to access treatment in a local, primary care setting. Provision of such primary care is only possible through the education and training of dentists. The literature suggests that it is vital for the dental team to develop the necessary skills and gain experience treating people with special needs in order to ensure access to the provision of oral health care. Education in Special Care Dentistry worldwide might be improved by the development of a recognised academic and clinical discipline and by providing international curricula guidelines based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF, WHO). This article aims to discuss the role and value of promoting and harmonising education in Special Care Dentistry as a means of reducing inequalities in oral health.