Inequalities in Oral Health

Prof. Dr. Guglielmo Campus, Bern


Mittwoch, 18.11.2020 / 19.00 - 21.00 Uhr


Health promotion, including also oral health is a grown factor of the society and it is one of the main aims of United Nation and World Health Organization. Health promotion is based upon to a multilevel approach involving different stakeholders in the medical and educational fields (Pediatricians, General physicians, Dentist, Dental Hygienists, Teachers, Parents, Caregivers etc).
The association between socio-economic position and health is characterised by a linear graded pattern, with people in each lower socio-economy position category (i.e. homeless, immigrants, disables, etc) having successively worse levels of health and dying earlier than those who are better off, a characteristic known as the social gradient in health. The presence of oral diseases is considered as markers of lower socio-economic position. There were significant income inequalities but not a clear gradient in caries in the youngest adults, while significant income gradients existed for number of teeth in older adults, but not for the younger groups. Health inequalities not only are unfair and unjust, but also incur substantial economic costs. In the European Union, inequality-related losses to health account for 15% of the costs of social security systems and for 20% of the costs of healthcare systems.
In Italy, Oral health remains a neglected area and its political priority on most national agendas is low. Oral Health Services have been organized separately from general health and almost 90% of oral care is under private provision.
So, the aim of this speak will be to present a general picture of oral disease in the different age risk groups in Italy. A secondary but very appealing aim will be to start a discussion with all participants to evaluate future actions to prevent oral diseases.

Referent Prof. Dr. Guglielmo Campus:

"I graduated in Dentistry, long time ago in Italy and then I spent some time in Jonkoping (Sweden) under the supervision of prof Goran Koch starting to work in the field of Preventive Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. My PhD was especially focused on this topic. Since 1996 I worked at the University of Sassari as assistant professor and then Associate professor of Public Health Dentistry, Preventive and Paediatric Dentistry.I am also Coordinator of the Italian WHO Collaborating Center for Epidemiology and Community Dentistry. For the WHO Collaborating Center, my job is to develop and coordinate measures for assessing the oral health of the public in Italy as well as other countries such as Mexico and Burkina Faso. I also work to develop strategies and recommends measures with the purpose of encouraging healthy behavior starting from childhood, including a reduced consumption of sugar, stricter controls on tobacco and affordable fluoride toothpaste.I am so happy to start this new phase here in Bern. I found a warm welcome and exciting team. My plans are to evaluate and develops new strategies to collect epidemiological data and to analyse then to produce reliable data for prevention policies. I really think that the University of Bern is a fantastic place to study, work and to create a group that will bring Dentistry in the future.I really think that Prevention will be the key of future Dentistry."


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