Medical-dental integration encourages providers to create comprehensive care plans for the whole person. CareQuest Institute Research Analyst Adrianna Sonnek further explained medical-dental integration through the lens of our State of Oral Health Equity in America survey. The nationally representative, probability-based survey of adult consumer attitudes, experiences, and behaviors on oral health sheds light on the inextricable link between oral health and overall health. Sonnek shared several results about the connections between oral health and overall health:
- 96% of consumers acknowledged the connection between health of the mouth and the rest of the body.
- 45% of responding oral health providers reported “rarely” integrating care with clinicians outside of dentistry.
- More than 90% of oral health providers surveyed agree that dietary habits should be assessed in all patients.