Great article by Sara Zarbock this morning in the Journal of the American Academy of
Physician Assistants, in which she urges better
collaboration between the medical and dental fields:
[Physician assistants] can have a major impact on the
oral health of their patients. If you haven't already, get to know
your local dentists and explore ways to develop partnerships.
Become more knowledgeable about the relationship of diseases of the
mouth to systemic disease. Be a voice for the importance of dental
insurance coverage, especially for children. Include, as part of
your early intervention efforts, counseling families, identifying
high-risk children, and initiating timely dental referrals.
Finally, ask yourself this question: "When was the last time I went
to the dentist?"