Putting 'Oral Health is Health'

Into Action


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.

Flagship Project Co-Leads

Dr. Rebecca Affoo

Faculty of Health

Flagship Project Community Lead:

Francine Leach

 Shauna Hachey

 Faculty of Dentistry

Translating Research into Action 

Oral Health Kits:

Dr. Rebecca Affoo and Prof. Shauna Hachey from HPI assembled and distributed oral health care bundles to help intensive care unit nursing staff care for their patients, particularly those on ventilators. Read more here.


HPI Scholars have created an evidence based program to facilitate uptake of daily oral care in continuing care.


Click here for more information. 

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Healthy Populations Institute (HPI)
Dalhousie University
1318 Robie Street, Box 15000
Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2

Telephone:(902) 494-2240

Email: hpi@dal.ca