The importance of epidemiology in dental medicine

Nélio Veiga, Inês Coelho

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Epidemiology in oral health is an increasing field of knowledge for scientific research, providing a tool that combines clinical dental care models to optimal protocols. Moreover, it deepens discussions about oral pathologies and the association with bio-psychosocial factors. Dental caries and periodontal disease are one of the major public health problem, therefore epidemiological studies are useful for identifying and monitoring their prevalence among different age and geographical groups, giving new treatment perspectives. It is understood that epidemiology can confer a predictive significance to clinical data, becoming very useful in implementing preventive strategies to reduce the incidence of dental problems. This literature review aims to gather information, in a critical point of view, on the importance of epidemiology in modern dental medicine.
Original languageEnglish
Article number21
Number of pages4
Journal Journal of dental and oral health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Epidemiology
  • Oral health
  • Oral pathologies
  • Clinical practice


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