Health Factors

health blocksImage courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.netOral health has risk factors which are also risk factors for general health (e.g., tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption). It is important, therefore, that strategies for the control of oral diseases should not be developed in isolation but as part of a “common risk factor approach” designed to control those risks common to a number of chronic diseases. For more information see the section "Links between oral & general health".

For all health professionals and the wider community, the common risk factor approach is particularly efficient in health promotion.