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J Public Health Dent. 1990;50(6 Spec No):390-5.

Oral health education and promotion in maternal and child health: a position paper.

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Department of Preventive Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455.

Abstract

Oral health education and promotion are the connecting mechanisms among prevention, policy development and program implementation, maintenance and evaluation. Given the preventive procedures available today, all focus populations of women and children should have access to accurate information about such procedures as well as access to the procedures themselves. Furthermore, appropriate methodologies need to be utilized for community oral health education and these methods differ from those commonly used for individual education. In the context of maternal and child health there are unprecedented opportunities for new accomplishments in oral health. The health education model most appropriate for these groups is the public health model, an approach designed to empower as well as inform, and one that fosters shared decision making among community members and health professionals. Dental professionals have the responsibility to address this challenge, and to help correct the health information inequities that prevail, especially among the traditionally informationally disenfranchised subfocus populations discussed in this paper.

PMID:
2286946
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