Medical-Dental Integration

We Use The Link Between Medicine and Dentistry to Improve Overall Health

There is an emerging body of evidence linking oral health with overall systemic health. We believe “the smile is connected to the body” and are dedicated to a group practice in which integrated care is the preferred model. We share information on the health status of our patients with our medical partners. We recognize that patients often see their dentist and hygienist more frequently than their physician. The Patient Support Tool (PST) was created as an innovative way to identify and close medical care gaps such as preventative screenings that target heart disease and cancers. Using the PST during dental visits to identify care gaps provides us the opportunity to extend primary care and improve the health of our patients.

Examples include:

  • Immunization update: referral of an adolescent to medical if immunizations are not up to date.
  • Tobacco Cessation: ask, advise and assist in the referral of patients to cessation resources.
  • Hypertension/Pre-Hypertension: referral to medical to incorporate lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure.