Putting 'Oral Health is Health'
Oral health has been recognized as a human right. The oral health of an individual is defined as “a state of being free of mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, periodontal disease, tooth decay and tooth loss, and other disease and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychological wellbeing."
Despite being largely preventable, oral disorders combined are the most common chronic diseases and a major public health problem worldwide.
There is a direct association between oral disease and social determinants of health such as education, income, and geographic location. Disparities in access to care need to be investigated in all aspects of oral health care, including the allocation of resources, oral health care services usage, the quality of services, workforce, and the financing of oral health care.
Read our snapshot on this topic here.
Putting Oral Health into Health Action Video:
Produced by our HPI Intern Joshua Yusuf, Dr. Affoo and Shauna Hachey introduce their project as co-leads of the Healthy Populations Institute's Putting 'Oral Health is Health' Into Action Flagship Project. This project is one of five projects that emerged as a part of the 2020 - 2025 strategic plan.
Flagship Project Co-Leads
Faculty of Health
Flagship Project Community Lead:
Faculty of Dentistry
Translating Research into Action
HPI Speaker Series
April 20, 2022
To celebrate Oral Health Month, HPI's Oral Health Flagship Project hosted Dr. Carlos Quiñonez, dental public health specialist, professor, and program director at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. His presentation entitled "Oral health care renewal in Canada: Teaching an old dog new tricks" reviewed why dental care in Canada is what it is and why change is needed to not only safeguard the health of populations but also that of the dental profession itself. This event created great interest with 85 registrants and 56 participants mostly from NS and Ontario.
Open Dialogue Event
April 29, 2021
This Open Dialogue Live explores current issues in oral health care faced by Canadians across the lifespan, from children under care of the government to aging populations in long-term care facilities. Dr. Rebecca Affoo, Faculty of Health, and Prof. Shauna Hachey, Faculty of Dentistry, the co-leads of Dalhousie’s Healthy Populations Institute Flagship Project Putting ‘Oral Health is Health’ into Action, moderated this session. To watch a recording, click here.