Effectiveness of Disease Prevention in Community Health Center Dental Programs
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Purpose of Review
The goal of this paper is to describe and analyze oral health disease prevention at Community Health Center (CHC) dental programs in order to summarize the effectiveness of activities at the individual and community levels.
Recent efforts to expand oral health prevention and care with children at community health centers have shown positive results. Although there is considerable literature regarding oral health disease prevention aimed at individuals and communities, there are few articles that specifically address preventive oral health programs at CHC.
CHC dental programs are well positioned to address the prevention of dental diseases as an integral part of care based on their organization and strong community-based orientation. Recent trends in the integration of medical and dental care at CHC support dental disease prevention activities to increase oral health and provide opportunities for further research in monitoring effectiveness of disease prevention in CHC.
KeywordsPrevention Oral health Community health centers Program evaluation Integrated care
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