By Sarah Bonato, Reference/Research Librarian, CAMH Library
Oral health helps total health! Taking care our mouth, teeth, and gums benefits overall physical and mental health. See below for select research on the value of oral health, chosen for National Dental Hygienist Week 2018.
Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable People Living in Canada
From the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
- Vulnerable populations have both the highest level of oral health problems and the most difficulty accessing dental care.
Access at http://cahs-acss.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Access_to_Oral_Care_FINAL_REPORT_EN.pdf
No Mental Health Without Oral Health, by Steve Kisel
From The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 61, no. 5 (2016): 277-282.
- This article discusses the two-way association between oral and mental health and how psychiatric illness can lead to poor oral health.
Access at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4841282/
The Real Cost Of Removing Water Fluoridation: A health equity impact assessment, by Emily Wong
From the Wellesley Institute
- The consequences of the discontinuing water fluoridation in some Canadian communities is discussed through a health equity lens.
Access at http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/The-Real-Cost-of-Removing-Water-Fluoridation.pdf
Report on the Findings of the First Nations Oral Health Survey
From the First Nations Information Governance Centre
- Info on the dental health of First Nations, including how the lack of services may impact rel="noopener noreferrer" mental health.
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