Yvonne I. Blair

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BACKGROUND Information on the impact of oral health on quality of life of children younger than 8 years is mostly based on parental reports, as methodological and conceptual challenges have hindered the development of relevant validated self-reported measures. This study aimed to develop and assess the reliability and validity of a new self-reported oral(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop and evaluate NHS-based strategies likely to improve dental health and reduce inequalities in pre-5-year-old's oral health in Greater Glasgow, Scotland, by ecological study of community-based oral health promotion programmes in two of the area's most socio-economically deprived communities. BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN Following an initial(More)
AIM A community development oral health promotion programme based on the principles of the Ottawa Charter was conducted in an attempt to improve the dental health of children under 5 years of age in two severely socioeconomically challenged pilot districts in Glasgow, UK. Later phased extension involved all of the area's most deprived communities. The aim(More)
OBJECTIVE To report on the dental health of three-year-old children in Greater Glasgow, and to examine the amount of dental caries associated with deprivation in this young age group. DESIGN Dental inspections in nursery schools. SUBJECTS AND METHODS The national inspection programme using BASCD criteria was extended to include an additional group of(More)
This study compared and assessed the utility of tests of inequality on a series of very large population caries datasets. National cross-sectional caries datasets for Scotland's 5-year-olds in 1993/94 (n = 5,078); 1995/96 (n = 6,240); 1997/98 (n = 6,584); 1999/00 (n = 6,781); 2002/03 (n = 9,747); 2003/04 (n = 10,956); 2005/06 (n = 10,945) and 2007/08 (n =(More)
BACKGROUND Dental decay remains one of the world's most prevalent diseases in childhood. It is unfortunate that the proportion of children suffering from oral disease is so high, given that dental decay is almost entirely preventable. The objective of this study was to examine dental inspection data from three-year old children to assess the extent to which(More)
A simple, inexpensive microbiological assay for objective measurement of denture hygiene has been devised. Small individual filter paper discs were applied to the fitting surface of dentures for 20 seconds, eluted in phosphate buffered saline and bacterial counts on blood agar plates performed on the eluate. There was a strong positive correlation between(More)
Provision of adequate care for the mouths of patients in hospitals, particularly those such as the elderly in long-stay wards, is frequently overlooked. An important contributing factor is the lack of dental training of the carers. As part of a wider initiative to address this problem a set of encapsulated, full colour illustrated sheets has been designed(More)
BACKGROUND Socioeconomic inequalities in health within Glasgow, Scotland, are among the widest in the world. This is largely attributed to socio-economic conditions. The 'Glasgow Effect' labels the finding that the high prevalence of some diseases cannot be fully explained by a conventional area-based socio-economic metric. This study aimed to investigate(More)
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