Promoting inclusion oral-health: social interventions to reduce oral health inequities

Ruth Freeman, Laura Beaton, Derek Richards, Andrea Rodriguez, Isobel Anderson, Gerry Humphris, Emma Coles, Martijn Lambert, Siyang Yuan

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To advance our understanding of inclusion oral health and to address the impact of social exclusion on oral health, this book sets out to provide an argument for the need for social and community-based interventions, theoretically underpinned by pluralistic definitions of evidence-based practice and the radical discourse of health promotion for those experiencing exclusion. Using the definition and framework of inclusion oral health, these papers illustrate the
requirement for mixed-methods research, the incorporation of experts by experience in the research process, and the need for co-design and co-produced interventions. The chapters in this edited book present various sources of evidence used to transform top-down into bottom-up community-based
interventions for people experiencing homelessness, people in custody, and families residing in areas of high social deprivation. The first two chapters provide evidence of extreme oral health inequities in those experiencing exclusion, and the final four chapters report on the implementation and evaluation of social or community-based interventions. This collection of research papers will be of interest to all those wishing to reduce health inequities. This will be achieved by focusing on prevention, adopting a common risk factor agenda, and incorporating co-design and co-production elements into interventions, to tackle the oral health inequities felt by those most excluded in our societies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Number of pages96
ISBN (Electronic)9783039283071
ISBN (Print)9783039283064
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • Inclusion oral health;
  • Social exclusion
  • Homelessness
  • Prison
  • undocumented migrants
  • social and community-based interventions


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