Editorial – Delivering Better Oral Health 2021 – What's new and where next?

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Community Dent Health. 2021 Nov 29;38(4):224-225. doi: 10.1922/CDH_Dec21BDOHeditorial02.


Delivering Better Oral Health (DBOH) was fi rst published in 2007 (Department of Health et al., 2007) at the request of the Department of Health to the British Association of Community Dentistry (BASCD). It was led by Dr Sue Gregory, who was at that time President of BASCD; and, thereafter, appointed Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England. The purpose of the document was to support dental teams in a more preventive approach to dental care based on the best available evidence. Practitioners have access to an enormous amount of information, and it was intended that DBOH would provide a simple guide to the evidence, explaining what the research meant in practical terms for the preventive advice and treatment of their patients. The approach promoted preventive care for all patients and additional support for those most at risk of poor oral health. DBOH was to be a living document, regularly updated. It was revised in 2009 and 2014, when after the Health and Social Care Act (2012), Public Health England took on the leadership of its development. In 2017 revisions responsed to changes in guidance; the publication by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition of the Carbohydrates and Health Report (SACN, 2015) which led to a revised healthier eating section and the Chief Medical Officers’ (2016) new guidelines on alcohol were also incorporated.

PMID:34842368 | DOI:10.1922/CDH_Dec21BDOHeditorial02