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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-38

Oral Health Literacy-An insight for addressing oral health needs

Reader, Department of Public Health Dentistry, V.S Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India

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Health literacy is the ability of an individual to read, understand and act on health careinformation. Individuals with poor health literacy will have less knowledge about their medicalconditions and treatment, worse health status, and higher rate of hospitalization than the rest of thepopulation. Oral Health literacy is critical for people's search for and use of oral health information,adoption of healthy behaviors, decision-making and about oral health issues in the workplace,community and society. With awareness of patient's literacy skills, health information can betailored for delivery to patients in a format they can understand. Thus Oral Health literacy has beenincreasingly recognized as a necessary element to improve oral health. Increased attention toliteracy may offer an insight for addressing oral health needs and also for reducing barriers to care.

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