International approaches to indigenous dental care: what can we learn?

Jilen Patel, Lydia Hearn, Linda Slack-Smith, B Gibson

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Indigenous populations around the world have significantly poorer oral health and inequalities in access to dental care largely attribute to the social determinants of health. Reviewing international literature offers an opportunity to better understand appropriate approaches for policy and practice in Australia. This article is a descriptive narrative review based on primary research literature discussing informative international approaches to Indigenous dental care. Approaches identified in the literature included integration of dentistry with primary health care and traditional practice, training and use of oral health professionals and approaches used at different stages of life, particularly in the management of early childhood caries. The international literature provides a range of approaches to Indigenous oral health. Tailored, culturally appropriate family and community based initiatives that address the multidisciplinary issues confronting Indigenous communities were most highly regarded.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-445
JournalAustralian Dental Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


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