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GABARDO, Marilisa Carneiro Leão; BRUZAMOLIN, Carolina Dea; BRANCHER, João Armando  e  MOYSES, Samuel Jorge. Prevalence of oral diseases, socioeconomic indicators, and provision of dental services: exploring nexus. RSBO (Online) [online]. 2016, vol.13, n.1, pp. 35-40. ISSN 1984-5685.

Introduction and objective: A number of studies have associated prevalence of oral diseases, socioeconomic factors, and dental services in Brazil, and this study aimed to review, in narrative mode, the causal nexus between them. Literature review: The high prevalence of dental problems such as caries and periodontal disease is still found worldwide, despite the significant reduction. The impacts resulting from tooth loss are not limited to the physical condition, but also to the social aspects. The association between oral diseases and microbiological and hygiene factors is recognized, but deficient as explanatory power. The discussion of correlated factors, associated with the development of relevant oral diseases and marking existing inequities, must be expanded. Conclusion: The factors studied showed an involvement, indicating that inequities in oral health are striking in the Brazilian population, with serious consequences. Efforts are needed to control and modify this context.

Palavras-chave : socioeconomic factors; oral health; dental health services.

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