Oral health is a key component of overall systemic health. However, dental care remains a severely under met need in healthcare today, especially in rural settings. Thus, the primary care physician may find herself presented with a variety dental pathology and may feel underprepared for this challenge.
The purpose of this project is to develop concise, evidence based resources regarding the identification, stabilization, and management of common dental pathologies for the primary care physician. Additionally, a database of local resources for patients including basic oral care and local dental clinics for those without insurance will be compiled. This project will seek collaboration with local dental offices to provide expertise and feedback, and to foster an inter-professional dialogue. Preliminary responses from clinic staff has been overwhelmingly positive.
Lewiston Family Medicine Residency Clinic
Oral health, Dental trauma, Dental pain, Inter-professional, Maine, Primary care
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Lynch, Tierra, "Dental Basics for the PCP" (2021). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 657.