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The integration of oral health into primary health care and public health systems

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Oral diseases are a neglected epidemic affecting all ages in every country throughout the world. Oral health must be recognised as a major public health issue due to both the prevalence and the severity of impact of oral diseases. This is particularly so in child health with tooth decay affecting 60 – 90% of school-aged children [1] causing severe pain, infection and destruction of tissue.

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