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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin November 2011
32 NOVEMBER 2011 new AdA policy statement 2.1 1 intrOductiOn 1.1 Oral health is a basic expectation of all Australians. It contributes to overall well being and enables people to participate in their chosen roles without discomfort or embarrassment. Oral health and disease are important in their own right and for their association with general health. 1.2 Definitions 1.2.1 BOARD is a Federal, State or Territory dental registration board. 1.2.2 A DENTAL TEAM comprises a mix of dentists and appropriate allied dental personnel and should at all times be headed by a dentist. 1.2.3 A DENTIST is an appropriately qualified oral care provider, registered by a Board to practise all areas of dentistry. 1.2.4 DENTISTRY is the science and art of preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries, and developmental and acquired defects of the teeth, joints, oral cavity and associated structures within the context of general health. 1.2.5 HEALTH PROMOTION is the process of enabling individuals and communities to increase control over the determinants of health and thereby improve their health. 1.2.6 ORAL HEALTH is the absence of active disease in the mouth. 1.2.7 PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY is the science and art of preventing oral disease, promoting oral health and improving the quality of life through the organised efforts of society. 2. PrinciPles 2.1 Good oral health should be available to every individual. 2.2 The achievement of good National Oral Health involves: • Community oral health promotion, with dentists working with the whole community to identify preventive health issues and implement appropriate policies. • Delivery of oral health care in a timely manner being made available, with Government assistance if necessary, to all members of the community. • Continuing research into the causes and control of oral disease. • Appropriate workforce training with programmes of the highest standard, funded by Government through tertiary and vocational training institutions. 3 POlicy Community Oral Health Promotion 3.1 The following areas are identified as being essential to improve the oral health of the community. • Use of fluorides • Promotion of a healthy diet • Maintenance of good oral hygiene • Discouragement of tobacco use • Trauma prevention and management national Oral HEALTH1 1 This Policy Statement is linked to other Policy Statements: 2.2 .1 Community Oral Health: Fluoride Use, 2.2.2 Community Oral Health: Diet and Nutrition, 2 .2 .3 Community Oral Health: Oral Hygiene, 2.2 .4 Community Oral Health: Tobacco, 2 .2 .5 Community Oral Health: Prevention and Management of Oral Injuries, 2.4 Research, 2.5.1 Delivery of Oral Health Care: Funding: Government, 3.1 Dental Workforce, 3.2 Dentists and 3.3 Allied Dental Personnel
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