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.

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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. 


Click here to watch the video! 

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 

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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.


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.

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


Click here for more information or check out the Brushing Up Videos on the HOI Youtube Channel.