Oral Health Intervention Strategies

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The oral health intervention strategies are described separately below. Each of these strategies is most effective when it is combined with other strategies. For example, changing knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs will do little to increase visits to a dentist if there is limited access to dentists in communities (e.g., no dental offices in the area, cost of dental services). Similarly, changing knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs will not be as effective if there is not social support for brushing and flossing teeth, wearing head and mouth protection, reducing sugar intake, or quitting tobacco use.

As described in Readiness and Preparation, it is important to make sure that the intervention strategies are created to represent and address the needs of the Population. This may include paying attention to how different groups think about oral health and related risk factors or health conditions. For example, oral diseases and conditions may be much more common in some communities. Therefore, community members may believe that it is unavoidable. Furthermore, an intervention works best when there is an attempt to address language, reading level, and cultural barriers (see Cultural Competence for more information).


Select one of the following intervention strategies

The purpose of your intervention is to change…

infoHealth outcomes infoBehavior infoKnowledge, attitudes, skills, and beliefs infoSocial support infoEnvironments and policies
infoCampaigns & Promotions

C

C

E

E

E

infoIndividual Education

E

I

E

E

E

infoGroup Education

C

E

E

E

E

infoSupportive Relationships

E

E

E

E

E

infoProvider Education

E

E

E

E

E

infoEnvironment & Policies

E

E

E

E

E

E = evidence supports the effectiveness of this strategy
C = evidence supports use of this strategy in combination with other strategies
I = insufficient evidence to make a recommendation

Select a strategy to learn how to develop an intervention using the strategy.
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