Community Oral Health: From Research to Health Education


15 de outubro, 2020 | 12h00 | Webinar – Plataforma ZOOM

Resumo da apresentação:

Community oral health is an essential research field for dental practice. It allows the integration of population dental needs, research in population dental education and allows the intervention of dental practitioners in population dental behaviors.

Through the study of public oral health, we can achieve and integrate different measures and means that can be used to prevent both dental and general health problems.

This knowledge allows the definition of strategies for oral education and oral health literacy among the populational oral health.

This presentation aims to advertise the research that has been carried out within the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa research group which were obtained through field observations and data integration. Effects and associations of oral and gastric cancer Helicobacter pylori, and also community oral behaviors and its consequences in public oral health education are examples of the developed studies.

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)—a gram-negative, microaerophilic, rod-shaped bacterium that colonizes the human stomach. It is an important bacterium species that may have an important pathobiological role, especially in the gastric mucosa.

It resides beneath the gastric mucous layer, adjacent to the gastric epithelial cells and, although it is not invasive it can give rise to chronic inflammation of the gastric mucosa. Infection with this organism is now recognized as a serious, transmissible infectious disease highly associated with the development of chronic and atrophic gastritis, duodenal ulcers, gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma and gastric carcinoma.
In order to verify the existence of an oral reservoir for H. pylori, and his role in gastric cancer, a study with Portuguese adolescents was carried out. We also aim to publish some of the educational and literacy of oral health strategies that were accomplished along the developed researches.

Nélio Jorge Veiga is an investigator at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. After obtaining his degree in Dental Medicine at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 2006, he obtained his master´s degree in public health at Universidade of Porto in 2010. He completed his PhD in Biomedicine at Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI) and since then he became assistant professor at master degree in Dental Medicine and Biomedical Science graduation at Universidade Católica. Nowadays, he is clinical director of the University Dental Clinic of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and coordinator of the master degree in Dental Medicine at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, since 2018. As the result of his important researches in oral public health and education, proved by 100 scientific presentations and conferences in national and international congresses, and more than 50 published scientific papers, he is also the responsible teacher of community oral health of the master degree in dental medicine of the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.



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