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M e d i c a l r e c o r d f e at u r e

Is Oral Health coming
to YOUR Office?
by C. Eve J. Kimball, MD, FAAP
June 8, 2019

O

ral diseases range from dental caries and tooth decay to
degenerative conditions of the supporting gums and bone
tissues to oral cancers. These cause pain and disability for
millions of Americans, and some affect a person's overall health. A
growing body of evidence links oral health, particularly periodontal
(gum) disease, to both chronic and acute health conditions,
including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Many systemic diseases
also manifest in the oral cavity. In some cases, symptoms appear in
the mouth before they are expressed elsewhere in the body.

Facts about Oral Health That You Should Know
(Illustrations are from the Healthy Teeth Healthy
Children Curriculum):
* 85% of dental disease is preventable!!
* Sugar is the common denominator between obesity and oral health
(cavities).

Did you know that oral health is coming to Medical Offices?
There is increased realization across medical practices of this huge
impact of our patient's oral health on their physical and mental/
behavioral health! For those of us at the Family Oral Health
Collective Workgroup at the PA Coalition for Oral Health, this is
SUCH good news!
Currently dental navigators and dental hygienists can work
in physician offices doing oral health risk assessment, education,
and warm handoffs to a dentist for us. We at PSCHG All About
Children currently have two in our office working a total of 20 hours
seeing patients as they wait in the examination room for us. Patients
love it as do the physicians and nurse practitioners. We then apply
the fluoride varnish during the medical exam to children under 6
years old.
A regulation has been proposed by the PA Board of Dentistry
to allow Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioners (there are
currently 531 of them supervised by the Board of Dentistry) to
bill independently to Medicaid and hopefully all dental insurances
for their services (screening - they cannot diagnose) in physician
offices, schools, nursing homes, etc., in addition to dental offices
and government supported facilities. [Currently we just pay their
salaries from the practice revenue generated by the fluoride varnish.]
Do let your legislator and the Dental Board members know that you
support this!

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* Social and Community Effects, Daily Habits, Health Beliefs,
and Access to care impact our oral health more than do dental and
medical professional "restorative care" and preventive visits.


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