Could retaining the dental recall interval save NHS dentistry?

Peter A. Mossey (Lead / Corresponding author), Philip M. Preshaw

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The World Health Assembly in May 2021 was a watershed moment in oral health, with the landmark resolution that designated oral diseases as non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This was strongly supported by a host of other NCDs in recognition of the common risk factor principle and acknowledgement of the fact that oral diseases do not occur in isolation from other NCDs, but are commonly associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes/obesity, respiratory diseases, metabolic syndrome, a range of other inflammatory disorders and cancers. Regular monitoring and early detection would potentially intercept these NCDs and this could form a central plank of a revamped holistic ‘health'- as opposed to ‘disease'-oriented health care system. Consultation with patients and dentists reveals strong support for maintaining regular recall intervals, which maintains trust and optimises motivation and compliance. In-person visits could be minimised by using technology, such as remote consultations and longitudinal monitoring systems, making it adaptable to different health care settings and equitable, affordable, cost-effective and sustainable. A new paradigm with dentists as oral health professionals, and the mainstreaming of oral health and population-level prevention, means the future of health care can be guided by integration and workforce modification producing a surveillance-based, early interceptive, preventive model of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-527
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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