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- 63% of adults say their primary medical doctor “never” or “rarely” asks about their oral health.
- While only one third (34%) of oral health providers say they currently screen patients for diabetes, more than half (51%) would be more willing to screen if they had better tools to identify those at risk for diabetes.
- 30% of adults would be more likely to seek dental care if their dentist and doctor were located in the same place.
The survey results showed that both consumers and providers understand the connection between oral health and overall health and are eager for changes to the system.
You may also be interested in:
- Medical-Dental Integration, a web page with resources about treating the whole person and building bridges between medical care and dental care.
- “How Do You Not Include Dental Care in Overall Health?”, in this blog post, Nathan Fletcher, DDS, discusses how adding dental coverage to Medicare would improve overall health and reduce health care costs.
- The Connection Between Oral Health and Diabetes, in this video, Mark Deutchman, MD, explains how diagnosing and treating periodontal disease can help patients with their diabetic care.