Oral Health in Different Populations


Before selecting your oral health intervention strategies, you might consider certain population characteristics that could affect the success of your intervention. For example, population subgroups that differ by age, race, ethnicity, income or geography may respond differently to your intervention. Information about specific population considerations and ways to address those considerations are provided based on the “lessons learned” from different populations that have participated in existing oral health interventions.

Despite the increasing accumulation of all types of evidence, knowledge about “how something should be done” remains limited (Rychetnik, 2004). Therefore, the considerations and strategies provided below may or may not be applicable to all subgroups. As always, it may be useful to work with the priority populations in adapting intervention activities to fit their needs.

Racial and ethnic minorities

Children and adolescents

Older adults

Lower income

Pregnant women

Disabled (physical and mental)

Individuals with HIV/AIDS







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