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DENT5103: Oral Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Dental disease remains prevalent in Australia. The AIHW reports that in 2010, 55% of 6 year olds; 48% of 12 year olds in their deciduous and permanent dentitions, respectively. The burden of this disease is significant and falls inequitably on those who are the most socially disadvantaged and those least able to access expensive treatment. The most ethical and cost-effective manner of addressing oral disease is through preventative dental care.

Code DENT5103
Academic unit Discipline of Population Oral Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of General Dentistry, particularly in Restorative Dentistry and Oral Rehabilitation

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate understanding of how fluorides may be used in a variety of clinical and public health contexts to prevent dental caries. This includes the ability to articulate the limits of clinical prevention
  • LO2. create and present a population-level health promotion strategy for preventing dental disease in a given population
  • LO3. apply the common risk factor approach to present an interprofessional strategy to improve oral and general health outcomes
  • LO4. demonstrate knowledge of social marketing techniques and how these are applicable in the context of oral health
  • LO5. critically consider the social determinants of oral health and how these may impact upon preventative efforts against dental diseases
  • LO6. demonstrate knowledge of the principles of the commercial determinants of health through exploring the activities of industries that negatively impact oral and general health
  • LO7. critique how the dental profession itself may contribute to disparities and deficiencies in oral health

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.