The Oral-Systemic Connection and Why It's Important for Dental Professionals

In this video, Sean Boynes, DMD, MS, vice president of health improvement at CareQuest Institute, explains why it’s important to recognize that the mouth is part of the body. If you’re a dental provider trying to treat periodontal disease in someone who is diabetic or has cardiovascular disease, for example, you can’t treat those conditions separately. Simply put, a disease in the mouth affects the rest of our systemic wellbeing.

You may also be interested in:

  • MORE Care, an initiative of CareQuest Institute that aims to integrate oral health competencies and capabilities into primary care offices while building patient-centered referral networks with local dental providers using health information technology.
  • A Three Domain Framework to Innovating Oral Health Care, a white paper that outlines a new model in dentistry that will be more cost-effective, efficient, and equitable.
  • Medical-Dental Integration web page, a collection of resources that explore the growing connections between oral health and overall health.