Oral and Dental Health Top 10
- What is the best way to prevent tooth decay, and reduce oral health inequalities at a community or population level?
- How can access to dental services be improved for the general public?
- What are the most effective ways of increasing early detection/diagnosis of oral cancer?
- How can access to dental services be improved for people with additional needs?
- How can dental health professionals work with other health professionals to help improve oral health?
- How can basic oral hygiene be achieved for people with additional care needs?
- How to improve communication between dental teams and patients/carers?
- Is there a role for dental health professionals in treating oral health problems to improve general health?
- What is the best way to prevent gum disease, and reduce oral health inequalities at a community or population level?
- What role do digital technologies play in the provision of dental care?
The following questions were also discussed and put in order of priority at the workshop:
- What is the best way to treat patients who are dentally anxious?
- What are the best ways of managing oral conditions associated with cancer treatment?
- Do dental care professionals have a role in screening and treating for general health problems?
- What is the best way for dental teams to manage gum disease?
- What are the barriers/enablers to maintaining a healthy mouth (across different populations and settings)?
- How can people be encouraged to reduce sugar consumption for oral and general health?
- What are the most effective ways of managing potentially malignant disorders (e.g oral lichen planus)?
- What is the best way to prevent gum disease in individuals?
- What is the best way to manage teeth missing for any reason (e.g tooth decay, trauma, developmental conditions) and at any age?
- What is the best way to prevent tooth decay in individuals (of all ages)?
- Is cleaning in between teeth needed for maintaining good oral health?
- What interventions are best at managing tooth grinding/clenching?
- Is the use of a daily mouthwash at home, useful for maintaining good oral health?
- What are the long-term health effects (including harms) of tooth whitening?
- Should dental professionals recommend e-cigarettes?
For full details of all of the questions identified by this PSP, please see the document below.