Frontiers in Dental Medicine aims to publish interdisciplinary research which develops the understanding of dental health and disease in the context of overall health. It advocates a transdisciplinary approach with the ultimate goal of accelerating dental and overall health outcomes for all communities. The journal seeks contributions from researchers where dental-oral health is an integral part of investigations on overall health mechanisms.
Frontiers in Dental Medicine has a bold mission focused on ensuring that dental health and diseases are understood in the context of the whole body. It advocates a transdisciplinary approach with the ultimate goal of accelerating dental and overall health outcomes for all communities. To achieve this goal, we will seek contributions from researchers where dental health is an integral part of investigations on overall health mechanisms, i.e., a systems biology-based approach, to include biological, behavioral, and social factors that advance or disrupt health.
Why is this approach important? Much of ongoing research and clinical practice lack an integrative approach across disciplines and professions. Most apparent is the separation of dental-oral considerations from the rest of overall health across most of the health enterprise - from wet bench science to the delivery of healthcare itself. The results are devastating – a siloed (and sometimes stalled) approach to the science, and ineffective, fragmented and costly delivery systems. This separation has also led to the general perception that dental health is somehow less important to overall health and well-being, and hence they are not prioritized in professional training, public policy or healthcare delivery. For underserved communities, this inattention to and lack of resources for dental health have resulted in significant and consequential disparities in dental health and access to care beyond those seen in other medical areas – disparities which could in part be ameliorated by integrated approaches to science, policy and healthcare.
There are potentially large pay offs in knowledge and public health to be gained from addressing questions such as why certain diseases manifest themselves differently in specific tissues or organs or why are there differences in the responsiveness of specific tissues to a given environmental factor. For example, individuals with diabetes have an exaggerated inflammatory response such as that associated with periodontal disease. Other conditions that would benefit from similar enquiries include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome, the aging process, and autoimmune disease. As a second illustration, there is increased interest in understanding stem cell memory and the influence of the immune system across diverse tissues and applying this knowledge toward improving regeneration of tissues in the context of their specific environment. Such methodologies can vastly extend our knowledge of the mechanisms and signaling pathways controlling cell behavior for all tissues of the body and accelerate their translation into evidence-based clinical understanding.
Without a comprehensive and integrated approach to medical science that includes dental health, our public policy will never provide the best answers to prevention, early detection and treatment for the most common diseases, as well as many rare ones. By attracting and giving visibility to such methodologies Frontiers in Dental Medicine, in synergy with Frontiers in Oral Health, will be a critical player in achieving our ultimate goal of improving the quality of life and well-being for all communities. Frontiers in Dental Medicine is committed to advancing the importance of dental-oral factors in the health consciousness of professionals, researchers, policymakers and the public.
Short Name: Front. Dent. Med
Electronic ISSN: 2673-4915
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Frontiers in Dental Medicine is composed of the following Specialty Sections:
The specialty sections of Frontiers in Dental Medicine welcome submission of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Case Report, Classification, Clinical Trial, Community Case Study, Correction, Curriculum, Instruction, and Pedagogy, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Study Protocol, Systematic Review and Technology and Code.
When submitting a manuscript to Frontiers in Dental Medicine, authors must submit the material directly to one of the specialty sections. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the respective specialty section.
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