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Bridging the gap between dental and medical care

Mary OttoDental care and medical care have long been provided separately in America. New research and evolving models of care are challenging that traditional gap.

Chronic diseases are responsible for billions of dollars in health care costs and millions of deaths each year. Dental office screenings for diabetes, as well as other common conditions such as high cholesterol and hypertension could save the nation’s health care system as much as $102.6 million annually, researchers from the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Resources Center concluded in a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Mary Otto explains some of the screenings and interventions that may be coming to a dentist's chair near you, as well as some of the questions around providing such care.

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