A Primary Care Provider's Role in Oral Cancer Screenings

In this video, Mark Deutchman, MD, family medicine physician and professor at the University of Colorado, discusses the importance of screening patients for oral cancer. Because oral cancer occurs in hidden areas of the mouth and patients are often asymptomatic, primary care providers should examine the gums and teeth for any signs. Fortunately, adding this to a physical examination is easy and quick.

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  • 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.