Oral Health Disparities in Children: A Canary in the Coalmine?

Richard G. Watt, Manu Raj Mathur, Jun Aida, Marcelo Bönecker, Renato Venturelli, Stuart A. Gansky

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Despite being largely preventable, oral diseases are still a major public health problem in child populations in many parts of the world. Increasingly, however, oral diseases disproportionately affect socially disadvantaged groups in society. It is unjust and unfair that children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds experience high levels of oral diseases. This article analyzes oral diseases through a health disparities lens. Action to combat oral health disparities requires a radical multifaceted strategy that addresses the shared underlying root causes of oral diseases, the social determinants of health inequality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)965-979
Number of pages15
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct


  • Disparities
  • Health policy
  • Inequalities
  • Oral health
  • Social determinants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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