Dental programmes for children and Young adults in Denmark in a social perspective

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This report describes the development in dental health in the children and young adult population in Denmark. Based on national as well as selected survey epidemiological data, the improvement in the dental caries situation is illustrated. Over a decade a reduction of about 50% in dental caries prevalence has been registered in children. In young adults caries prevalence has been reduced and participation in regular dental care has increased significantly. The effects of the organized dental programmes on different social groups are illustrated pointing to modifications in the social inequities in the dental services. Longitudinal studies will be needed to prove positive long term effects on adult dental health, which is considered to be the ultimate goal of the programmes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-120
Number of pages8
JournalScandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • Child dental health
  • Denmark
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Social dentistry
  • Socioeconomic groups
  • Youth dental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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