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European research project launched to promote preventive dental care

19th June 2015

A new EU-funded study has been launched with the aim of promoting the use of oral health treatments that are able to prevent diseases before they occur.

Led by the University of Leeds, the six million euro (4.28 million pounds) project will run for four years and will use de-identified data from millions of health records across Europe to identify effective strategies in preventing disease in a number of countries.

Providing continuous feedback to shape best practice in association with dental professionals and insurers, the study will lead to the development of key performance indicators that dental and healthcare systems can be measured against.

The project will have access to eight European patient record databases, including data from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Denmark and Hungary.

It aims to bring about a shift in dental care practices from a focus on treating teeth by extraction and fillings to a more preventative approach, with collaborators including the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam, the University of Heidelberg and NHS England.

Professor Helen Whelton, dean of the school of dentistry and project lead, said: "The hope is that, by continually assessing and feeding back the performance of dental professionals and healthcare systems in keeping teeth healthy, it will foster change in practices and encourage a move to more preventive dental care."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801791779-ADNFCR

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