Oral Health and Medicine Integration: Overcoming Historical Artifact to Relieve Suffering
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Dentistry | Health Economics | Health Policy | Public Health
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.
dental care, oral health, health equity
DOI of Published Version
Am J Public Health. 2017 May;107(S1):S30-S31. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303683. Link to article on publisher's site
American journal of public health
Martin, Stephen A. and Simon, Lisa, "Oral Health and Medicine Integration: Overcoming Historical Artifact to Relieve Suffering" (2017). Open Access Articles. 3159.