A paradigm shift in models of oral health care: an example and a call to action
North Richmond Community Health’s Bradley Christian, Rachel Martin and Martin Hall write about a model for integrated care in the Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health. Read an excerpt below.
‘The consequences of oral disease are wide-ranging and can have a major impact on an individual’s and that person’s family’s quality of life. A range of factors interact to determine a person’s oral and general health. Such factors can be biological, social, economic, political, cultural, or environmental, in addition to knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. Traditional models of oral health care, however, have generally ignored these factors and instead have focused on the treatment and management of existing pathology (tertiary prevention/downstream approach). This has had no effect on the rate of hospitalization or the inequitable distribution of dental diseases.’