Advancing Oral Health in America

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Submitted by Judith Haber on Jul 28, 2014 - 10:31am CDT

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Oral health care is often excluded from our thinking about health. taken together with vision care and mental health care, it seems that problems above the neck are commonly regarded as peripheral to health care policy. This division is reinforced by the fact that dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants are separated from other health care professionals in virtually every way: where they are educated and trained, how their servises are reimbursed, and where they provide oral health care. This separation is at odds with the fact that good oral health has been shown to directly affect a person's overall health. 

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