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06/09/2009

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?"


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