Oral Health Policies in Brazil

Abstract

Since Oral Health policies in Brazil have been constructed according to circumstances and possibilities, they should be understood within a given context. The present analysis contextualizes several issues of the Brazilian Oral Health Policy, called “Smiling Brazil”, and describes its present stage of development. Today it involves re-organizing basic oral health care by deploying Oral Health Teams within the Family Health strategy, setting up Centers of Dental Specialists within an Oral Health network as a secondary care measure, setting up Regional Laboratories of Dental Prosthesis and a more extensive fluoridation of the public water supply.

Descriptors

Dental health services; Health services evaluation; Oral health / policies.

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Authors

  • Gilberto Alfredo Pucca Junior
    DDS, National Coordinator of Oral Health, Ministry of Health, Brazil. MSc in Epidemiology of Aging, São Paulo School of Medicine, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
  • José Felipe Riani Costa
    DDS, Specialist in the regulation of Additional Health, National Agency for Additional Health, Ministry of Health, Brazil. Specialist in Public Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.
  • Luciana de Deus Chagas
    DDS, Technical Advisor, Office of Representation of the Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, Brazil. MSc in Information Technology, University of Brasília, Brasília, DF, Brazil.
  • Rosa Maria Sivestre
    MSc in Social Sciences, Advisor, Health System and Services, Pan American Health Organization, Brasília, DF, Brazil.
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