Dentists must build stronger systemic links

The dental profession needs to build a stronger connection between oral health and general health.

That’s according to the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice (JEBDP) which suggests this should happen at community kevel as well as weith individual patients.

The special issue includes an introductory guest editorial by Robert J Collins, DMD, MPH, of University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Collins highlights the role of evidence-based innovations such as home dental care, community water fluoridation, and dental sealants as ways of changing public perceptions of dental care from replacement or repair of missing or damaged teeth to protection against oral diseases.

In his editorial, he calls on dentists to recognise the value of collaboration in addressing the problems of the public and the dental profession – ‘As professionals, clinicians have a responsibility to care for their patients as individuals and a community.’

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