The benefits of Hospital Dentistry for the population: A scope review




Dental Care; Oral Health; Dental Staff, Hospital; Dental Service, Hospital; Hospital.


Introduction: It is not clear all the benefits resulting from dental care in hospital environment. Objective: To map the evidence of the benefits of dentistry interventions in hospital settings for the population. Metodology: Literature scope review, using the databases Medline, Biblioteca Virtual de Saúde and Google Scholar, with the descriptors: Dental Care; Oral Health; Dental Staff; Hospital Dentistry Unit; Hospital. Inclusion criteria: interventions performed by the dental surgeon in a hospital environment; no period restriction. Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish. Endnote Web was used for reference manipulation. Results: The search identified 4349 abstracts of articles, and 111 were selected in the screening. Forty-eight texts were read, resulting in 11 studies. The studies were conducted with patients of various age groups and/or with different diseases and conditions. The benefits were: prevention of pneumonia, infectious foci, osteoradionecrosis, myocardial infarction; reduction of oral mucositis in cancer treatment, with improved quality of life; reduced hospitalization and hospital costs. Conclusion: The benefits that the dentist brings to the population in the hospital environment and to the health establishment are valuable, and their presence in this place should be stimulated.

Author Biographies

Sylvia Cunha Rocha, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Aluna da graduação da Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Denise Vieira Travassos, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Docente do Departamento de Odontologia Social e Preventiva da Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 

Najara Barbosa da Rocha, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Docente do Departamento de Odontologia Social e Preventiva da Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais


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ROCHA, S. C. .; TRAVASSOS, D. V. .; ROCHA, N. B. da. The benefits of Hospital Dentistry for the population: A scope review . Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 10, n. 4, p. e33410414117, 2021. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v10i4.14117. Disponível em: Acesso em: 2 apr. 2023.



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