Friday, 9 May 2014

New books received this week

Oral health surveys: basic methods. / W.H.O. 5th ed, Geneva: World Health Organization, 2013.

This manual encourages countries to conduct standardized oral health surveys that are comparable internationally. The manual provides guidelines for assessing the current oral health status of a population and the future needs for oral health intervention. Oral diseases are among the most prevalent non-communicable diseases and major components of the global burden of disease. The key risk factors are common to chronic and oral diseases. Guidelines are presented for risk factors assessment. The WHO approach can facilitate the incorporation of oral health into national health surveillance systems. Surveillance of oral health over time and monitoring of programs may provide decision-makers, public health planners, and health administrators with valuable information about the relevance and cost-effectiveness of public health intervention programs.

My first trip to the dentist/ Katie Kawa. New York: Gareth Stevens Pub., 2012.

Healthy teeth are very important, and a trip to the dentist helps keep them shiny and strong. Beginning readers get a firsthand glance at the people who work hard to keep our teeth looking and feeling their best. Presented in a fictionalized manner, this book allows young readers to follow along on a child’s visit to the dentist. Accessible text helps readers see what happens during a dental exam and learn about the people and tools that work together to clean our teeth. Bright, fun illustrations guide readers through the story.

Bridging the dental gap: report on the inquiry into adult dental services./ House of Representatives, Standing Committee on Health and Ageing. Canberra: Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, 2013.

The report presents a brief summary of Commonwealth Government involvement in funding of adult dental services. It examines in more detail the priorities that have been raised in evidence. Consideration is given to the availability and access to services, particularly for special needs groups, workforce issues and the mix and coverage of services. It also examines a range of systemic issues associated with dental health services, and considers the general principles that might inform development of the NPA and dental health policy more generally.