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The Lancet Commission on Oral Health: Plans and Progress

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2021 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session

The 99th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR was to be held in conjunction with the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, from July 21-24, 2021 as a Virtual Experience.

The recordings in this library from the meeting are a selection of the science that was to be presented as part of the General Session. These recordings give you the opportunity to participate in the meeting and hear from leading researchers. The recordings include IADR Distinguished Lecture Series speakers, the IADR Academy and symposia from a collection of scientific groups and networks.

This session can be purchased as part of the full meeting recordings within the product bundles

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Session Description 
Last year, a two-part Series in The Lancet,outlined why oral diseases have persisted globally over recent decades, despite scientific advancements, and why prevalence has increased in many low-income and middle-income countries, and among socially disadvantaged and vulnerable people, wherever they live. Following the publication of the Series and in recognition of the global public health importance and woeful policy neglect of oral diseases, The Lancet established in 2020 a Commission on Oral Health.

Oral diseases are among the most prevalent diseases globally, affecting over 3.5 billion people. The key risk factors are sugar, tobacco and unhealthy alcohol consumption. Industries responsible for these products use powerful strategies to influence policies and the research agenda. These commercial determinants must be addressed to reduce the global oral disease burden. There is also an urgent need to raise the political and policy profile of oral health at international, national, and community levels.

Dentistry has failed to tackle the underlying causes of oral diseases, nor to address inequalities. Clinical dentistry and dental education remain siloed from broader health care and training systems and has focused on surgical, high-technology, and specialised management of disease rather than an upstream, preventive approach. Furthermore, the current model of dental care is costly, unrealistic for health systems in many countries and unaffordable for poor and disadvantaged populations, thereby exacerbating inequalities.

This symposium will outline plans of the Lancet Commission on Oral Health and how IADR and the dental research community can contribute to the future work of the Commission.

Learning Objectives
  • Understanding of how current models of dental care delivery are not addressing population needs, and why the political and policy profile of oral health needs to be raised.
  • Understanding of the role of commercial determinants in the global burden of oral disease, and the importance of policy development to promote oral health equity.
  • Understanding of the current plans and priorities of the Lancet Commission on Oral Health and how research can contribute to improved means to address oral health-related needs globally.
Presentation Date
July 23, 2021

Carol Guarnizo-Herreno - Why Is the Lancet Commission on Oral Health a Unique Opportunity?
Cristin Kearns - Research on Commercial Determinants and Advocacy for Global Oral Health
Marco Peres - Informing Policy Development to Promote Equity and Social Justice in Oral Health
Miriam Muriithi - Developing Robust and Resilient Oral Health Care Systems Across the Globe.

Sponsoring Groups/Networks
Behavioral, Epidemiologic, and Health Services Research, Geriatric Oral Research, Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network, Nutrition Research

CE Credits
1.5 Contact Hours

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