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promoting medical/dental integration in family practice

Oral health is an important part of overall health that is especially true for Vermonters who have diabetes, coronary artery disease, cerebral vascular disease or who are pregnant.

Patients who have low socioeconomic status are most at risk for oral disease, have the least access to dental care, and are also at greater risk for experiencing chronic disease. Many people who don’t receive regular dental care rely on their primary care physician to tell them if there is a problem. Even though preventative dental care is covered by Medicaid in Vermont, only about 26% of adult Vermonters insured by Medicaid access dental care annually, and only about 50% of children. Primary care practices are keenly positioned to help patients understand the linkages of oral health to systemic health, and a referral from a family physician to a dentist in the community can have a huge long term impact.

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Medical/Dental Integration Strategies & Implementation
Working with Families
Strengthening Community Partnerships
  • Get to know each other! If you work in a medical practice, get to know the people working in dental practices in your community, and vice versa. Consider developing community referral networks between medical and dental practices, just as you do with other specialists.
  • Become familiar with the oral health needs of your community. The Vermont Oral Health Coalition’s resource webpage that contains a compilation of oral health information at the state and local health office level.
For Dental Practices: Age One Dental Visit Training

If you work in a dental practice, participate in the Age One Dental Visit training. For more information about this training email Robin Miller at robin.n.miller@vermont.gov.

 

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