Nurses as Oral Health Champions

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Nursing Centered


[First paragraph] I had the opportunity to attend the oral health Two Risk Factors, Too Many Diseases meeting in Nassau, Bahamas. The meeting was part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Initiative to address oral healthcare challenges and promote universal access. Globally, 3.5 billion people, or almost half of the world’s population, suffer from oral health disease. Oral disease is one of the most common and neglected noncommunicable diseases worldwide. More than 14 million children are affected by untreated dental caries, contributing to missed school days, loss of sleep, pain, and emotional distress. At the meeting in Nassau, I learned that the risk factors associated with poor oral health are the same risk factors connected to over 100 other noncommunicable diseases. Many of these risk factors are modifiable.


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Hawkins, J. E. (2023). Nurses as oral health champions. Nursing Centered.


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