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Revista odontológica mexicana

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CANSECO PRADO, Gabriel  and  JARILLO SOTO, Edgar Carlos. Dental access and practice in the private ambit of attention. Social and oral health representations. Rev. Odont. Mex [online]. 2018, vol.22, n.3, pp.128-136. ISSN 1870-199X.

The social representations resulting from the way of perceiving, interpreting and signifying social reality from the common sense, generate behaviors that directly influence the practice and application of dental care, under the influence of the current socioeconomic conditions of the country. Poverty levels increase rapidly, creating greater social inequalities, with a distribution of polarized economic benefi ts with a concentration of higher incomes in a few. With this, health- dental disease is determined by income levels, limiting access to health levels for the most disadvantaged social groups. The objective of this study is to know the social representations of health-dental disease and its relationship with care and access to dental services and the type of care that people with dental conditions access, and the characteristics of the dentistry practice of those who care for them. A qualitative study was carried out with professionals and patients from the private sector in an area of Mexico City. The results show characteristics of conception and practice infl uenced by the hegemonic medical model and decontextualization of the problems of dental care patients. It is concluded that the social representations of professionals and patients are built in the context of life where polarization and social exclusion prevail.

Keywords : Social representations; dentistry practice; access to dental services.

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