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What are the Intergenerational and Social Interventions that Could Improve Children’s Oral Health?

Dr. Ariel Greenblatt was my guest to speak about social interventions that  could help improve children’s oral health. Dr. Greenblatt coauthored a recent review that was published in the Dental Clinics of North America, tackling intergenerational and social interventions to improve children’s oral health.

Dr. Greenblatt is Clinical and Didactic Instructor in the School of Dental Hygiene at the Eastern International College in New Jersey.

I hope you benefit from the conversation. Please share your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Until next time!

Chiraz Guessaier
CDA Oasis Manager


  • Community context and the influence of the broader social determinants of health such as education, race/ethnicity, and income are important considerations in achieving oral health equity for children.
  • Intergenerational influences, including caregivers’ attributes, attitudes, and knowledge, may be viewed as intermediary mechanisms through which societal and community influences affect children’s oral health.
  • Promising social intervention approaches to improving children’s oral health include improving access to fluoride in its various forms and reducing sugar consumption.
  • Linking community-based dental services with settings where children live, learn, and play, such as day care centers and schools, is important for oral health promotion.
  • Integrating oral health education with supervised tooth brushing with fluoridated toothpaste or professional oral care practices may prevent dental caries in children.

Full Interview (16.52″)


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