The global burden of non-communicable disease (NCD) is significant and the World Health Organization highlighted tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a key strategic objective in their 'Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, 2013–2020'. Dental teams see a large proportion of the UK population at regular intervals, including when patients deem themselves to be in good dental health. Given that many NCDs have shared risk factors, often behavioural with implications for oral and general health, dental teams are ideally placed to provide preventative advice for diseases beyond the oral environment. This article aims to assess the key risk factors for NCDs and oral diseases as well as assess the potential for dental care professionals (DCPs) to provide patients with general health advice based on their individual risk factors.
|Journal||Primary dental journal|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sept 2017|