dental health / dentisits / equality and diversity / oral health

Oral health and access to dental services for people from black and minority ethnic groups

A briefing from the Health Foundation.

http://www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/oral-health-and-access-dental-services-people-black-and-minority-ethnic-groups?utm_source=Better+Health&utm_campaign=8f30670c1f-Better_Health_Update_40_copy_01_6_3_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_08c4a8673a-8f30670c1f-412095453

 

Key messages include:

  • “Poor oral health remains a significant public health problem in England, particularly among people living in deprived areas.
  • While the links between oral health and ethnicity are complicated and often confounded by socio-economic status, the prevalence of certain oral diseases is higher in some ethnic group.
  • Attempts have been made to improve the availability of NHS dental services in many parts of the country, although there is some evidence to suggest that utilisation of dental services varies between different ethnic groups.
  • Further research is needed into ways to improve the acceptability of dental services for people from black and minority ethnic groups.”
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