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8 Closing Remarks
Pages 101-106

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From page 101...
... He learned from the proceedings of the significant impact of public health interventions on oral/dental health outcomes, for example, water fluoridation. He observed that there are tremendous opportunities for prevention to significantly reduce the morbidity associated with oral/dental disease.
From page 102...
... A second key message is that oral health literacy is influenced at multiple levels, the community, the family, and the individual. To address the issue of oral health literacy, interventions are needed at the level of policy makers, public health organizations, and individuals, Schyve said.
From page 103...
... Lastly, Francis emphasized the importance of focusing on patient-centered care, self-efficacy, and the social determinants of health when intervening to improve oral health literacy. Roundtable member McGarry applauded the attention paid to public health throughout the day's deliberations, but expressed some concern that the subspecialties within dentistry were not discussed.
From page 104...
... The score card also addresses having a healthy diet and states that an unhealthy diet increases the risk of being overweight, obese, and developing oral diseases. Ratzan said that a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, plura-disciplinary approach applies not only to professions, but also to how public health challenges are examined.
From page 105...
... Public Health Service, a registered dietitian and oral health program lead within the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at HRSA stated that individuals may be reluctant to divulge their behaviors or that of their children if they think that they are being judged.
From page 106...
... A standard core set of clinical oral health competencies is being developed for non-dental primary care providers working in HRSA's safety net settings. These competencies will pertain to the practice of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives.

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