Title: Strategies to Enhance the Oral Health of British Columbians, specifically Aboriginal Peoples, Tobacco-Users, and those of Low Socioeconomic Background
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Publisher: Tobacco Reduction and Control Branch Preventive and Health Promotion Division, Ministry of Health, Government of British Columbia Location:
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Tooth-loss has long been considered an inevitable part of ageing, caries (dental decay) the most prevalent chronic disease in childhood, and oral cancers a significant threat to all. Recent advances in the prevention and management of caries and periodontitis (gum disease) - the two principal causes of tooth-loss in all age groups - have reversed dramatically this inevitability. Today most children can look forward with reasonable confidence to a natural dentition for life. Nonetheless, factors predisposing to oral infections and cancers are influenced strongly by the social, economic and cultural contexts in which people live, and it has become abundantly clear that people from low socio-economic backgrounds and Aboriginal peoples are very prone to caries, whereas people who use tobacco products are more likely than others lose their teeth because of periodontitis or to get cancer. Fortunately, these diseases are, for the most part, preventable.

Reference (Biomedical Style):
Harrison R, MacEntee M, Wyatt C. Strategies to Enhance the Oral Health of British Columbians, specifically Aboriginal Peoples, Tobacco-Users, and those of Low Socioeconomic Background. Tobacco Reduction and Control Branch Preventive and Health Promotion Division, Ministry of Health, Government of British Columbia; 2001.