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Child refugees and asylum seekers: oral health and its place in the UK system

Abstract

Introduction The aim of this article is to provide a summary of the oral health status of child refugees and asylum seekers, and to describe their access to health services in the UK.

Methods and analysis A review of the asylum process in the UK, the oral health status of child asylum seekers and the challenges in accessing dental services has been conducted.

Conclusion There is limited data on the oral health status of child asylum seekers. Further research is required to estimate the burden of dental diseases and related conditions among this vulnerable population. Dental professionals can contribute to the holistic care of children with a sensitive and informed approach.

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Fennell-Wells, A., Yusuf, H. Child refugees and asylum seekers: oral health and its place in the UK system. Br Dent J 228, 44–49 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-1099-4

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