Document Type : Letter to Editor
Dental Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Department of Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Background: Considering the limitations of analytical models, it is recommended that modelling methods be used to solve complex social issues. Dynamic modelling helps policymakers to have a better understanding of system behavior. In health systems, considering the available resources and impact of decisions plays a key role in improving health. The lack of a dynamic and systematic attitude sometimes ignores the impacts, and the results are not desirable despite the cost. Considering the current situation, in this article, it is strongly recommended that a system dynamics approach be adopted to improve the health of society.
Methods: Using different articles, the use of modelling with a system dynamics approach has been introduced and emphasized.
Results: Studies indicate the promising role of modelling with a system dynamics approach in the cost-effective improvement of oral health.
Conclusion: It is suggested that oral health decision-makers should focus on applying existing data and using them in system dynamics modelling to forecast and predict new policies before implementing them at the community level.