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The need for further oral health research surrounding the provision of dental treatment for people with drug dependency

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The aim of this article is to highlight the need for further research in providing dental care for people with drug dependency. The association between people who misuse substances and dental disease is widely known occurrence, yet there have been few studies conducted in the UK surrounding this issue due to the nature of the cohort. Further to this, there are a multitude of barriers to accessing/seeking dental care that exist for those with drug dependency. Going forward, there is a need for the development of a new service model where dental care is part of a multidisciplinary team working towards treating people with drug dependency in a holistic way.

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Bowes, C., Page, G., Wassall, R. et al. The need for further oral health research surrounding the provision of dental treatment for people with drug dependency. Br Dent J 227, 58–60 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-0469-2

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