Title

Oral Health and Medicine Integration: Overcoming Historical Artifact to Relieve Suffering

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Publication Date

6-1-2017

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Dentistry | Health Economics | Health Policy | Public Health

Abstract

An argument for dental care can be made on the grounds of improving systemic illness. Such care has even been found to be cost saving. Yet, that argument ignores the social, emotional, and physiological importance of oral health itself. Oral health equity should stem from not economic arguments but moral outrage with the system we have. Medical providers treat hundreds of healthy people with expensive medications for years to prevent one cardiovascular event, but we have not made it possible to help people actively suffering with dental decay and pain.

Keywords

dental care, oral health, health equity

DOI of Published Version

10.2105/AJPH.2017.303683

Source

Am J Public Health. 2017 May;107(S1):S30-S31. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303683. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American journal of public health

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

28661809

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