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Social Determinants of Oral Health over the Life Course

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Among the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is goal #10, which aims to reduce inequalities within and among countries. Inequalities in several aspects are persistent across the world, and have profound impacts on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Within Social Epidemiology it is widely discussed that social conditions are more than distal causes of several health problems. Acting through several mechanisms, social conditions have a fundamental role in the development of diseases. This effect is well documented in general health, but there is still a need to document and reflect on their impact on oral health. It is especially important to study the social determinants of oral health through a life course approach, observing exposures to beneficial and harmful conditions in comparison to previous generations, gestation, childhood and throughout the life cycle.

In order to reduce inequalities, the first step is to assess the situation and document the magnitude of the problem. By understanding the problem, it is then possible to propose and assess practices and policies. The ultimate goal is to reduce the impact of social conditions on oral health, as well as reduce the larger share of oral problems suffered by the most vulnerable communities.

This Research Topic welcomes studies documenting the impact of several social determinants on oral health outcomes, measuring the magnitude of such an impact over the life course, as well as studies evaluating interventions and policies targeted at reducing inequalities in oral health.

We welcome the submission of all types of articles, including all reviews and commentaries.


Keywords: social determinants, life course, health disparities, socioeconomic, health inequalities, oral health, community oral health


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Among the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is goal #10, which aims to reduce inequalities within and among countries. Inequalities in several aspects are persistent across the world, and have profound impacts on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Within Social Epidemiology it is widely discussed that social conditions are more than distal causes of several health problems. Acting through several mechanisms, social conditions have a fundamental role in the development of diseases. This effect is well documented in general health, but there is still a need to document and reflect on their impact on oral health. It is especially important to study the social determinants of oral health through a life course approach, observing exposures to beneficial and harmful conditions in comparison to previous generations, gestation, childhood and throughout the life cycle.

In order to reduce inequalities, the first step is to assess the situation and document the magnitude of the problem. By understanding the problem, it is then possible to propose and assess practices and policies. The ultimate goal is to reduce the impact of social conditions on oral health, as well as reduce the larger share of oral problems suffered by the most vulnerable communities.

This Research Topic welcomes studies documenting the impact of several social determinants on oral health outcomes, measuring the magnitude of such an impact over the life course, as well as studies evaluating interventions and policies targeted at reducing inequalities in oral health.

We welcome the submission of all types of articles, including all reviews and commentaries.


Keywords: social determinants, life course, health disparities, socioeconomic, health inequalities, oral health, community oral health


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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16 February 2021 Manuscript
15 March 2021 Manuscript Extension

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15 March 2021 Manuscript Extension

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