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Oral health in saskatchewan present and future from the perspective of the of s college of dentistry

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May 26th 2010

May 26th 2010

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  • 1. Oral Health in Saskatchewan Present & Future From the Perspective of the U of S College of Dentistry  Oral Health Coalition Inaugural Meeting May 26, 2010 Dr. Gerry Uswak
  • 2. Present Tense
  • 3. Health is a complete state of  physical, mental, & social well‐ being, & not just the absence of  infirmity WHO 1948
  • 4. Health is a resource which  permits people to lead an  individually, socially &  economically productive life WHO 1998
  • 5. A fundamental human right WHO 1998
  • 6. Oral health means far more  than sound teeth; it is integral  to well‐being & quality of life
  • 7. Dental Caries: A Common Chronic Childhood Disease Note: Data include decayed or filled primary &/or decayed, filled, or missing permanent teeth. Asthma, chronic bronchitis, & hay fever based on report of household respondent about the sampled 5- to 17- year olds. Source: NCHS 1996
  • 8. Oral Health Disparity is Risk‐Based Low socioeconomic status & ethnocultural groups Suboptimal exposure to topical or systemic fluoride Poor dietary & feeding habits Children whose caregivers &/or siblings have caries Active dental disease Rural, remote & inner‐city Seniors Physically, medically & intellectually‐challenged
  • 9. Oral health & general health  are linked by  common risk
  • 10. Oral disease is a neglected epidemic   Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (2000)
  • 11. Oral health programming is under‐ developed, under‐funded &  fractionated
  • 12. Oral health professionals are  more concerned with marking  territory than trying to work  together to make a difference
  • 13. …and we are too  quick to do  things for “free” to escape being  labeled “rich  dentists”
  • 14. …yet other health  care professionals  are unaware or  indifferent about  the importance of  oral health & the  role that they  need to play in  ensuring it
  • 15. College of Dentistry Programming
  • 16. 112 total undergraduate students 2 general practice residency students
  • 17. College of Dentistry Programming U of S Dental  Teaching  Hospital Royal  University  Hospital Joint  Field  Clinics (NSDT) Communit y Clinic (SWITCH) NOHSWG Saskatoon Health  Region
  • 18. College of Dentistry Patients Working  Poor Seniors Special Needs Low SES Low SES Children
  • 19. Future Tense
  • 20. Recognition of the epidemic
  • 21. Oral Health Professionals Public & Private Sectors Dental Hygiene Dental  Therapy Dentistry Denturism Dental Health Educators Dental  Assisting
  • 22. Government, Healthcare & the Public Oral Health Professionals Public & Private Sectors
  • 23. Provincial  Chief  Dental  Officer Oral  Health
  • 24. College of Dentistry Preferred Future  Focus on being the Provincial resource  for dental public health & community  engagement Policy Service Research
  • 25. College of Dentistry Preferred Future  Expanded infrastructure & programs Degree program in Dental Therapy Degree program in Dental Hygiene Diploma program in Dental Assisting Specialty program in Dental Public Health
  • 26. College of Dentistry Preferred Future  RUN Program Rural Urban Northern
  • 27. College of Dentistry Preferred Future  Provincial Chief Dental Officer embedded  within College
  • 28. College of Dentistry Preferred Future  New curriculum with increased  community‐based clinical service for  students Field clinics Westside Community Clinic Rural clinics Mobile clinics
  • 29. College of Dentistry Preferred Future  Expanded General Practice Residency  program Hospital‐based Community‐based
  • 30. College of Dentistry Preferred Future  Foreign‐trained dentist service program
  • 31. College of Dentistry Preferred Future  The College of Dentistry as the key to  linking all oral health professionals to  improve the oral health of the Province
  • 32. Thank you & Questions gerry.uswak@usask.ca

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